It’s been a blast going unraveling five myths about the Common Core here at Math for Grownups. And I’ve gotten a lot of terrific feedback from commenters. In case you missed any of these posts, I thought I’d put them together in one package. Enjoy — and be sure to share your thoughts in the comment sections of each post!

### Myth #1: Common Core is a Curriculum

This is perhaps the most pervasive misunderstanding. In fact, the Common Core Standards are simply that: *standards*. In education-speak, this means **they are statements of what students should know, upon completing a course or grade**. Common Core does something a bit more than other sets of standards, giving a clear expectation of the depth of this understanding. >>read the rest

### Myth #2: The Standards Omit Basic Math Facts

While grabbing a latte at the local Starbucks a few weeks ago, I ran into a friend of mine. She was taking a break from teaching cursive to high school students at a nearby private school’s summer program. “Kids don’t learn cursive in elementary school anymore, and so they can’t sign their names,” she explained. **“Kids aren’t even required to learn their multiplication tables these days!” **>>read the rest

### Myth #3: The Standards Introduce Algebra Too Late

One of the reasons for Common Core is to be sure that when students graduate from high school they are ready for college and/or the job market. And these days that means having some advanced math skills under their belts. **But if you read the Common Core course headings, algebra is not mentioned until high school. **>>read the rest

### Myth #4: The Standards Require More Testing

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the U.S. education system is standardized testing. And for good reason. There are a myriad of problems with these tests – from their links to private companies to their use as teacher evaluation tools. >>read the rest

### Myth #5: Common Core is Overflowing with Fuzzy Math

First, a definition: *fuzzy math* is a derogatory term for an educational movement called *reform math*. Therefore **the claim of fuzzy math isn’t so much a myth as an attempt to insult the way that many math teachers and education researchers advocate teaching mathematics to K-12 students**. >>read the rest

*Know someone who could use an education on what the Common Core standards for math *really*say? Forward them this link. Or tweet about it and post on your Facebook page. *