Steve Leinwand, principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research’s education program, also argues that America’s math teachers should embrace the shift away from right answers. “Common Core has the audacity to use the word ‘understand’ 218 times,” said Leinwand.Using the word "understand" 218 times while using the words "right answer" 0 times seems a tad out of whack to me.
Why so many parents are freaking out about Common Core math
Speaking of right answers, I was going through a stack of Education Weeks yesterday & found this:
Ask a child to name a favorite class, and odds are you’ll hear two letters: P.E. Ask an adult which subject has been most valuable in life, and the most popular answer turns out to be math.Dollars to donuts, every one of those respondents thinks getting the right answer is a major reason why math is valuable.
That’s according to new survey results by the Gallup organization. About one-third of adults (34 percent) picked math. The next in line was English, at 21 percent, followed by science at 12 percent.
"Gallup Poll Social Series: Work and Education" September 18, 2013
Constructivists seem to want authentic, "real-world" problems without authentic, real-world right answers.
I will never get that.
Steve Leinwand, btw, has been singing the same song for decades.
Here he is in 1994:
It's time to recognize that, for many students, real mathematical power, on the one hand, and facility with multidigit, pencil-and-paper computational algorithms, on the other, are mutually exclusive. In fact, it's time to acknowledge that continuing to teach these skills to our students is not only unnecessary, but counterproductive and downright dangerous.Outhouses, sundials, paper and pencil.
Shouldn't we be as eager to end our obsessive love affair with pencil-and-paper computation as we were to move on from outhouses and sundials?
It's Time To Abandon Computational Algorithms By Steven Leinwand | February 9, 1994
Now there's an analogy that hasn't panned out.
As it turns out, it was the analogy between outhouses and paper and pencil that was not only wrong, but counterproductive and downright dangerous.