There’s growing criticism about what’s being taught in New York State public schools under the controversial new Common Core curriculum.
As CBS 2′s Carolyn Gusoff reported, even some parents said they cannot understand some math lessons under the curriculum that’s now in place in 45 states.
Homework time is stress time at the Ballato home, they say because of the Common Core curriculum.
” I had 90s and 95s in high school and I see this math. I can’t teach fifth grader how to do homework,” Michael Ballato told Gusoff.
“To see my fifth grader night after night after night doing math homework,” Irene Ballato added.
They have joined a chorus of complaints, arguing that the new curriculum is not only daunting for kids but too confusing for even parents trying to help out.
The problems involve dividing by first finding the factors of each number, Gusoff reported.
“Why do I have to use the distributive property to solve a simple problem? Ridiculous,” Irene Ballato said.
Some say even the kindergarten curriculum has them stumped.
“Even as parents looking at the work, sometimes I have to scratch my head and I can’t even find the answer for them,” mother Colette Paul told Gusoff.
“My parents couldn’t do the new math. They were frustrated by it because when we would bring stuff home, they couldn’t handle it,” State Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Oyster Bay) said.
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