A video about Common Core subtraction appeared on the Business Insider website today. Titled “Here’s the truth about Common Core’s weird subtraction method,” it credits Alex Kuzoian and Sara Silverstein as its producers but gives no other credits. There’s no mention of authors, editors, voiceover actors, or anyone else.
The video ends with the comment,
When New Math came along, it was supposed to help kids understand what they were doing. This is exactly what Common Core is trying to do now. New Math was mocked for being more concerned about kids’ understanding the steps than getting the right answer. And this is exactly what people are complaining about with Common Core. Change is scary, especially when it involves math.
So, not only is there no author, but there’s no real argument. Are we supposed to infer that people were wrong in their judgments of New Math and are likewise wrong about the Common Core? What about that last sentence? Is the idea that any criticisms can be attributed to Fear of Change?
That seems to be the implication, but it isn’t logical. The suggestion is that there’s a horde of fearful people who complain whenever kids are asked to think. That’s not what’s going on with the Common Core. There have been legitimate criticisms—from people who understand math—that the methods taught under the Common Core are inefficient and confusing.
So, this is an ad. Why not say so? Had you done so, O Business Insider, you’d have scored a few points for honesty.