Common Core academic standards force teachers to work on critical thinking over memorization

Dear NYC Families,
More and more news articles are pointing out the importance of critical thinking over memorization in the New Common Core Curriculum.
In Eye Level we utilize both methods making for a very balances approach.  We cement the fundamental skills that children need however we also are constantly challenging our students to think productively, outside the box, with word problems, patterns, puzzles, mirror images, riddles, oragami and much much more. 
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Common Core academic standards force teachers to work on critical thinking over memorization

Associated Press
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    Amy Lawson, a fifth-grade teacher at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., teaches an English language arts lesson Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The school has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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    Jelani Guzman, a fifth-grader at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., works on an English language arts lesson at school Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Silver Lake has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough. Now, students are being asked to think more critically — what, for example, might a character say in an email to a friend. Welcome to a classroom using the Common Core State Standards, one of the most politicized and misunderstood changes in education for students and their teachers in grades kindergarten through high school. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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    Third-grade teacher Sherry Frangia, left, high-fives student Jayla Hopkins during a math lesson at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Silver Lake has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, left, helps third-grader Raegan Megahan with a math lesson at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Silver Lake has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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    Amy Lawson, a fifth-grade teacher at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., helps student Melody Fritz with an English language arts lesson Oct. 1, 2013. Silver Lake has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in Lawson’s fifth-grade classroom. Now, students are being asked to think more critically — what, for example, might a character say in an email to a friend. “It’s hard. But you can handle this,” Lawson tells them. Welcome to a classroom using the Common Core State Standards, one of the most politicized and misunderstood changes in education for students and their teachers in grades kindergarten through high school. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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