“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.” -Chinese Proverb. If this proverb is true, why is there so much resistance to change in education?
Parents in particular seem to have the most difficulty with the new standards. I recently did an informal Facebook survey asking them to share their frustrations. They delivered honest answers that helped me better understand their issues. Here is what they said:
“It is frustrating that I feel like I can’t help my child when she needs it.”
“They have no math books and I am always afraid of teaching her to do it the wrong way when she needs help. There are never any examples on the pages and I know this “new math” is all about the process and there is a lot of work to get to an answer… I guess my concern is that she will lose her love of math when what is a simple problem to her turns into 5 steps that seem unnecessary (to her) and just extra work.”