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Examples of Common Core math problems have been making the rounds on social media for several months now.  But in reality, not all of the problems we are seeing offer a true explanation to what Common Core math really looks like. 

I spoke to an math teacher who showed me one problem that is online that offers a breakdown of Common Core math...and why most educators believe in this method. I wanted to share that example in this story.

What I have learned talking to educators is this: Common Core is teaching kids the why, where as in the past, that wasn't necessarily taught. It was just "Do this, because I said so." Now, it's "Here's why it is done this way."  But it still is not making homework time any easier in homes across Eastern Iowa.

I sat in a 3rd grade class where the students were doing Common Core math problems. And every student I spoke with likes doing the "new way" better. When I asked them what their parents prefer, they all responded: "The old way."

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