Fox News Interview with Dr. James Milgram on Common Core   3 comments

Stanford mathematician and former Common Core validation committee member Dr. James Milgram spoke on Fox News recently, calling out math damages to student college preparation under the Common Core.  Watch that five minute segment here.
Dr. Milgram said:

“I was very unhappy with them [the Common Core standards] from the beginning.  At the end of the project… validation committee members were asked to sign a letter saying that these were great standards.  I and four others out of about twenty five refused to sign.”

Here’s why:

“In mathematics, Common Core stops with Algebra 2.  Now, Algebra 2 is absolutely minimal preparation even to go to college…  One of the things they tout for Common Core is that it’s going to improve the STEM pipeline.  That’s what everybody tells me.  Well, the actual data is this.  If you came to college with only an Algebra 2 background and you wanted to major in a STEM area, you have a 1 in 50 chance, a 2% chance, of ever obtaining a degree in STEM.  In other areas, it’s the same.  In any technical area it’s the same.  This level of preparation is simply insufficient.”  – Dr. James Milgram

Click to see the segment here.

 

3 responses to “Fox News Interview with Dr. James Milgram on Common Core

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  1. I have concerns about CCSS Math implementation, but Milgram just isn’t that credible – unless one believes 1950s math was just fine.

  2. Pingback: Fox News Interview with Dr. James Milgram on Common Core | Through their eyes

  3. Peter, it seems that graduates in the 1950s were way ahead of 2014 graduates in math. Grandparents know math better than most students today. In my opinion, Milgram is spot on. Common Core math is ridiculous.

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