Phil Daro makes a compelling statement about “Answer-getting”. It is so true, his generalizations about math teaching in the United States, and to think I was a major offender of this. However, teaching mathematics for understanding should be at the top of our priority list. The Common Core’s focus and clarity gives us the time to dig deeper into understanding what were doing as opposed to going through the rules. “In a field where fads have ruled, we are seeing something new: a growing commitment to the idea that clear and shared goals for student learning must give a foundation on which to improve education and achievement” (1999) the Common Core is not the end all, however, it is a start and a good one at that.
Stigler, J. W. and J. Hiebert (1999). The teaching gap : best ideas from the world’s teachers for improving education in the classroom. New York, Free Press.