Committee member Bruce Menin reinforced the CCSS objectives by citing his own experience as a Montessori teacher.
“The Common Core (standards) are not necessarily re-inventing the wheel,” he said. “It’s very familiar to the curriculum we used at the Montessori School. It’s amazing the remarkable manipulatives kids are able to use to become advanced in math, for example. As these kids advance, they’re able to apply, just by instinct, something they learned in first grade to solve a third-grade problem.”
Committee member Nick deKanter also expressed full support for the new standards.
“It makes learning relevant for these kids,” he said. “The way we think and operate today is truly different. It gives us what we need educationally to provide for our kids.”