Ulrich Strom: Know the math

May 10, 2014 

Regarding the May 3 letter “ A standards evaluation commission the way to go”: State Sen. Jerry Tillman opposes some of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. One reason for his opposition is what he calls “the move away from mastery of basic mathematical operations” in these standards, and he explains his support of a bill requiring students in public schools to “memorize multiplication tables.” Such a bill is not needed.

According to the common core standards for multiplication and division up to 100 at the third-grade level, each student is required by grade’s end to “know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.”

I would hope that before proposing such legislation our governmental representatives would take the time to actually read the standards that they find to be inadequate.

Ulrich Strom


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