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Common Core Melting Your Brain? Tell Us

Share your thoughts and insights on Common Core with others on our School Forum blog.

Common Core math workbook.
Common Core math workbook.

New York State’s Common Core learning program is in full swing in school districts across the state and while many children seem to be grasping the concepts, parents, who have bachelor’s and master’s degrees, are left baffled. when it comes to helping their children with homework.

Simple math problems become enigmas for parents, many of whom are growing frustrated with questions like: Writing in Math: Use counters. Tell how to make 10 when adding 8+5.

Acknowledging a gap in understanding among parents, who were taught simple math through memorization and not under common core lesson plans, some school districts have started offering “homework help” seminars to parents.

Enter Patch’s School District Forum blog, which is a  place where parents can share their thoughts on issues related to common core.

Sharing is easy.

Visit the Smithtown School District Forum blog here and click on the open text box under the heading to create a post.

Or, from the homepage, follow these steps:

  • Sign in to your Patch. (Click “Join” if you don’t have an account yet.)

  • Click the "Blogs" tab, near the top of the homepage and then locate the School District Forum blog in the left-hand column. Click on it.

  • Click in the box that says, “Write a new post” and then click on “Article” at the top.

  • Give your post a headline, enter the body of the story and upload your photos.

  • Click “Post now.”

See you at the bus stop.


TJ Eckleburg October 12, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Obama's Communist Core will be gone when he is gone...39 months from now, but who's counting?
Elsie October 12, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Common Core, taken by itself has merit. It ensures some common experiences among all students nationwide. However, the commercialization of it (Pearson, et al) is a sin. New York State has adopted their own version in order to be sure that the majority of our students fail so that Pearson can swoop in and save the day. They produce the tests, the texts, the teacher training seminars, and now they will be responsible for certifying new teachers in NYS in order to ensure that their programs are implemented.
KKC October 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM
The standards of the Common Core for ELA are not a bad thing. They are in-depth, comprehensive and pinpoint what kids should be able to do more than the NYS standards they replaced. That being said, the Common Core has become an excuse for corporations to swoop in and rake in millions at the expense of our children and the frustration of their teachers and parents. "College and career ready" is not developmentally appropriate for third graders, fourth graders, fifth graders, sixth graders, or seventh graders. In eighth grade, kids should be prepared for high school and high school should prepare kids for college. Most kids aren't "college and career ready" because they are not mature enough to handle the challenge of living on their own, coupled with new experiences and no parents in sight. New York State purchased Expeditionary Learning's "modules" and allowed a corporation hell-bent on privatizing education through misguided charter schools take over in public schools. You can blame whomever you choose in government for this "education reform," but we as informed parents can speak up and have our voices heard. Do not allow our children to become drones to a system that uses scripted lessons and takes the ownership of the classroom away from the experts, their teachers.
Elsie October 13, 2013 at 09:51 AM
John King has canceled appearances on Long Island sponsored by the PTA to address Common Core adoption because previous appearances where being hijacked by unidentified special interest groups. I watched two of these on Youtube. It appears the special interest groups in the Parent Teacher Association were parents and teachers. I guess not enough corporate representation.

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