Common core math is the new thing in world of mathematics; it came as rebelling force against the stagnancy of mathematics problems just requiring humdrum calculations. Students have often complained about math’s being tough subject or always having out of syllabus questions but the truth is that the cross linking of toughness of questions to non–neuronal firing is an accurate one. What it means is that if human mind doesn’t relate practical real life with the question asked it becomes tough by design not by choice. To counter this rigmarole oriented mathematical pedantries requires an escapist approach which sets questions in such a way that it sets the tone such that person anticipates next question himself. It can only happen if such interaction happens both ways i.e. a person can’t anticipate the next parts of questions until and unless he is trained to think in set pattern of reasonable framed questions to be asked in order and this can only happen from kindergarten. Math formulas are very unpalatable and desiccated from academic pragmatism that is necessary for neuronal firing. If we align two polar opposites i.e. abstract reasoning and practical examples it acts a fiery cocktail and we get amazing individual in society that is not a robot.
Common Core Math Examples
Most common examples are that of time, distance, speed etc. for example a train moves between 2 stations with distance of 100 km between them with speed of 60 km/h how long will it take to complete the journey, now questions like this set the tone of practicality i.e. people can relate with the question and have experienced such a thing. Now it is up to examiner since now he practically has the finger of the student in his hand and can guide his curiosity in any direction. So next question can be if two trains start at same time and one is slower than other with 10kmph. Then you can ask what if a fly travels between two trains that face each other that are travelling at 30kmph and 35kmph then what is the total distance travelled by fly etc. see if you notice carefully the pattern that we are trying to follow here is simple start with a question that is relatable and make the question more and more difficult until the solver starts feeling that he is there where all this is happening. Abrupt increase in difficulty of questions per classes based on a topic is seen as linear and monotonous exercise which doesn’t take into account nonlinear progress that mind is capable of making.
Based on international models of brain development and have some kind of standardized knowledge progression USA has set what is known as core math standards. It has set some standards i.e. a person has to be learn so and so concept by this class based on how neuronal network start making sense of environment by whatever age. Common core math worksheets are easily available on internet and now even the text as flooded with multiple part questions all these fall in that category only. 46 states have implemented common core standards including California. These standards started out with USA and still are confined to that part of the world which is shame really. USA also realized it quite late in 1990’s that if they want to remain world leaders they need some kind of overarching process of mathematical calibration in public that seems to die once they graduate. The only way we can keep fire of enlightenment ablaze in general demographic is per class comparison process with standardized list.
Hence all in all it is a great initiative that has also percolated to second and third world countries at least in question setting mechanism if not directly as a legislature. This thing will at least ensure cognitive survival in a world where mathematical ignorance can practically mean death. We need to solve more of these questions to get a good hand at making abstract and bookish meet these effectively making subjects “cool”. Congratulations USA for such novel initiative.