100-Year Old Math Teacher Has Choice Words About Teaching Common Core

Teaching Common Core presents significant challenges for both new and seasoned teachers.  One teacher who is over 10o years old, did not hold back when discussing the test in a recent interview.  Madeline Scotto, who still teaches at St. Ephrem’s School in Brooklyn, New York, has seen many programs come and go during her career in the classroom.  But she believes that Common Core takes things too far by complicating even the most simple mathematical calculations.

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In her interview with Business Insider, she pulls no punches against the federal initiative.  Scotto recanted a discussion with a younger teacher about Common Core; “Tell me how would you teach them 4+4?  Oh, she told me that you about ‘you add this and subtract this’ and… They’re making it more complicated as far as I’m concerned!” said the exasperated centenarian, “There’s four, there’s four more, count them up, they’re eight!”  You can check out the clip right here:

http://www.businessinsider.com/math-teacher-common-core-2014-12#ooid=ZteTR4cTr-PDn4O5JDHiX9jZMQ7lwfRV

Teaching Common Core means taking students on a long path to get the same answer as if they followed the simple, time-tested methods that have been used previously.  As Scotto said, “If it’s doing a good job, use that method!”.  Clearly, teaching Common Core has dragged us away from that simple philosophy.  With serious questions arising about data mining our children, and Tennessee and Mississippi making preparations to back out of the Common Core, the federal initiative is coming under fire.

With serious questions arising about how Common Core is data mining our children, southern states are preparing to back out.  Here at Take Back Your Classrooms, we are going to give people a nonpartisan perspective on this educational  crisis, and hopefully a way out.  If enough of us make noise, at the right time, to the right people, then I believe that we can force our lawmakers to remove this cancer from our children’s lives.  Join us, and let’s take back our classrooms!

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