When Veera Sinha was a little girl in India, her father asked his kids to solve math puzzles in their heads during dinner. That fond memory is one reason she grew to love numbers and got an MBA in finance. Yet when Sinha sits down to help her seven-year-old daughter Nevya with homework, she’s often stumped.

“My math background is entirely useless when trying to help my first grader with her homework,” says the Fremont mother of two, her voice thick with frustration. “I have to Google all of it.”

Eight years after California adopted new standards designed to boost students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, it’s become clear that a critical group was left behind in the push to implement Common Core: parents.

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“I despise common core math,” says Katie O’Donnell, a pediatric respiratory therapist who lives in San Jose and often uses math at work. Though she loves volunteering in her son Nima’s class, she admits she sometimes ducks out early because she’s embarrassed that she has no explanations for students who ask for help.

“Nima knows that 23 minus 13 equals 10 and so do I, but neither of us understand the darn steps we are supposed to use to show how we got to that conclusion,” says O’Donnell. “The diagrams are absolutely insane.”

Her husband, an electrical engineer, doesn’t understand the diagrams either, she says. “We need a Common Core support group.”

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06/17/common-core-did-parents-get-left-behind/

Common Core: Pushing abstract reasoning on children too young to understand sarcasm and designed by EduAdmins and Textbook Publishers.

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