The Washington Post had a feature story about the difficulties parents are having in helping their children with their homework, thanks to the new approach to math required by the Common Core educational reforms. Instead of teaching children to learn to calculate by applying math facts like the multiplication table, the new curriculum rejects memorizatio and nmakes children solve math problems by making charts and diagrams.
The story, worth reading in its entirety, includes a funny story of a frustrated parent by way of Stephen Colbert. Read it after the jump, along with my thoughts on the matter. [Read more...]