I was prepared to be appalled by the Common Core math standards, but I’m not.
The CC math standards — at first glance, anyway — actually look quite a lot better than the old middle-school math standards we used to have in DC, which had interminable lists of many minute details kids were supposed to know — and which lists repeated themselves over and over again in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Mile wide, centimeter deep it was.
So far, I don’t see any sign of that ridiculous nonsense in the new CC standards.
However, I can just see teachers requiring their students to copy and recite turgid prose like this, which is a direct quote from page 56 of the PDF. It means something to me, but to how many other adults?