I'm a mechanical engineer who learned math the old fashioned way. I have a daughter who is a junior in high school and taking honors algebra - correction, COMMON CORE honors algebra. It's absolutely driving me crazy. She's a smart kid, but still needs occasional help with her homework. I have no idea how to help her. I try to show her the way that I learned, or that I know, and it's rarely the common core method she is learning in school - and if she doesn't do it the way they teach her, it's wrong. It is apparently no longer good enough to be able to arrive at the correct answer, and there is now only one correct way to get to the answer. To make it worse, there is no text book. She brings home a few stapled pieces of paper, copied from some state-mandated common core lesson. I have nothing to refer to - no table of contents or index, just a bunch of loose papers. As if that wasn't bad enough, they seem to jump around and do something different every night. They don't seem to focus on anything for more than a day or two. So just when I'm figuring out what they're doing, they're on to something else. Don't worry though, it will come back in the form of a CR (cumulative review), which is just as likely to have geometry on it as it is an algebra question from earlier in the year. Oh, and most of the teachers didn't learn this way either, and half of them don't even understand it themselves. It's very frustrating to know that I know how to solve the problem, but don't know how to help my daughter because I don't solve the problem the "right" way. I'm incredibly frustrated, and more than a little angry about this. I'm curious if anybody else feels my pain here. Anybody know of any online help sites, or maybe a common core support group for old-fashioned Dad's like me?

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