NEWS10 Special Report: Parents and Common Core homework
ALBANY, N.Y.---Homework is one of the common denominators of school no matter what district your child is in.
But some parents say the common core has made homework look a lot different than before and it's driving their children to become very frustrated.
For the past year, teachers have been given the task of adapting their classroom lessons to the common core standards, the trickle down effect being felt in nightly homework.
Some of the biggest changes are in reading and math.
"One difference that I see is the vocabulary is a little more difficult," says Paul Bennice, a parent of four children in the Ballston Spa school district. "I like the idea that if there are children anywhere, if they're at a certain level or grade level, they're learning basically the same types of things," he adds.
"When I was third grade, I remember you just needed the answer, that's it," says Bennice's sixth grader Lucas. "But now they want you to show how you got your answer."
But the common core homework has sparked a lot of controversy, with parents describing scenarios of their children frustrated and emotional.
"It doesn't happen every night, but it does happen from time to time and it's frustrating," says parent Tim Farley. "We're college educated people and we're in education and sometimes it takes several minutes just to figure out what they're asking. There are kids who are testing on testing days for three hours and they don't finish because they are just struggling with every word."
Farley, a school principal, says he sees a similar trend in math, where math problems are paragraphs.
"Even right here in the directions it says write and answer the hidden question or questions in each problem," says Farley.
Farley says his children persevere through the homework, but knows not everyone can.
"Are there some positive aspects? Of course there are," he says. "They're not terrible. But are there some elements where they are developmentally inappropriate? Is it too big of a shift from where we are? Is it the implementation? Yes."
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