The new math is a huge change from the way teachers have taught in the past. Memorization, calculation, and procedures are no longer the "end-all." What is required is inquiry, communication, connections, and visual ideas. Author, Jo Boaler says, "We need students who can ask good questions, map our pathways, reason about complex solutions, set up models and communicate in different forms." Read this article to better understand what Common Core math standards is all about.
Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises. Jo Boaler. 5.7.15. The Hechinger Report