Study: Math Success Aided by Knowing Facts, Freeing Working Memory

Dr. Kathy Mann, working for the National Institutes of Health, has discovered that children’s brains reorganize as they are learning math.  That means experience does matter and drilling children at home on simple addition and multiplication really could pay off in the long run, says Lauren Neergaard writing for the Associated Press. 

You can read more here, but the big take away is that the Common Core math standards run completely counter to this research. The new conceptual method Common core champions are backwards and counterproductive. They are not appropriate for how children actually learn, which is what experts have been saying from the beginning. The Common Core math standards undermine the way children learn naturally and effectively. But homeschoolers have already known this. I wonder how supporters will answer this latest setback.


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