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Elementary students in Indiana are learning math in a different way than we are used to.

The new Common Core academic standards are changing how the early grades are introduced to math. The youngest students across the state are using blocks and interlocking cubes to learn basic math skills.

Architects of the nationally crafted academic standards say kids need a better foundation in math skills before moving on to more advanced concepts and operations. But some parents and math scholars argue the new standards just don’t add up.

“The problems are always written sideways,” says Indianapolis parent Suzanne Sherby. “There’s just nothing that looks like traditional math.”

How Math Homework Led To Pushback Against New Standards

The use of math tools — called “manipulatives” — in the early grades isn’t new. But as Indiana schools transition to Common Core, more teachers are breaking out the blocks to ensure young students leave with a conceptual understanding of basic arithmetic.

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