Thank you for setting up a perfect example of why we need more rigorous educational standards in Louisiana! The responses appearing in the March 24 edition of The Advocate illustrate our weaknesses.
Jane Christensen and David Eley point out their surprise at the correct answer for question No. 3. The question does not ask the student to make a mathematical computation; it asks the student to give a response that isn’t obvious. It requires them to apply a deeper level of thinking.
The issues facing Louisiana citizens and our children and grandchildren are complex. Because all we can do is find the “right in front of our face” solution, that is, in my opinion, the REAL problem here. Our schoolchildren for generations have been taught rote memorization and have not been taught to think. That is why we find Louisiana on the bottom of lists you don’t want to be at the bottom of and the top of lists that you don’t want to be on top of.
In this test question, the objective was for the student to be able to use multiple steps to solve/provide the correct answer. In order to solve the complex issues facing our state and nation, we must teach children (from early on) how to think.
I do not agree with everything about Common Core, but I do like the fact that it teaches our children not to give up if the solution is not immediately apparent, but to continue to delve deeper and continue to search out solutions.