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Common Core Math Strategies Supplanting Standard Processes

The following are three examples of calculation strategies students might discover on their own if they were taught standard algorithms first and allowed to master them before moving on. Common Core reverses the process by spending more time on these strategies than on standard math processes (see article on page 10). Subtraction by ‘Counting Up’ The subtraction method known as “counting up” is suggested in the 2nd grade Common Core math standards: “Fluently add and subtract within 100 using...

College Tuition Costs Continue to Rise

As students returned to college this semester, they found their tuition is higher than ever. Between the 2013–14 and 2014–15 school years, average tuition and fees for local, full-time students attending public four-year colleges and universities increased nearly 3 percent, according to the College Board’s “Trends in Higher Education” webpage. Nationally, the average going rate for a year of college was more than $9,000 in 2014–15. If costs related to room and board and other mandatory fees are...

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