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]]>His claim that the standards don’t support algebra in 9th grade is a perverse misreading of the document.

Read the standards for yourself: http://www.corestandards.org/Files/K12MathStandards.pdf

Wurman is against common standards politically and will say anything to stop it. He doesn’t care about Massachusetts or the Massachusetts standards. In other places, he has criticized the Common Core standards as being second-rate because, among other things, they don’t include negative numbers by grade 5. Well, unless I am mistaken, neither do the Massachusetts standards. So are the Massachusetts standards second rate too? Wurman says different things to different audiences across the country to bring things to a halt however he can. With the Globe editorial he is using Massachusetts as a soapbox because of its sterling reputation in U.S. math achievement.

In a recent post, you wrote: “Start doing ‘algebra’-type problems with your kids before they learn algebra.” Here is an example problem from the Common Core standards draft, for grade 6:

“J. has 4 packages of balloons and 5 single balloons. In all, he has 21 balloons. How many balloons are in a package?”

The standards call for a student in grade 6 to solve this problem arithmetically (using a sequence of operations on the given numbers), and also by using a variable to stand for the number of balloons in a package, constructing an equation such as 4b + 5 = 21 to describe the situation then solving the equation.

But Wurman says there is no preparation for algebra in the Common Core standards.

Read the standards for yourself.

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