Updated: 07/07/2014 8:41 PM
Created: 07/07/2014 12:39 PM WNYT.com
By: Bill Lambdin
ALBANY - To look at the teachers and administrators gathered and relaxed in a State Museum meeting room, you'd hardly believe they were working on one of the most contentious classroom issues to come along in quite some time, the major changes in teaching math because of Common Core.
"It's a huge change and it's been going on for quite some time and teachers are already implementing but now they're really looking at perfecting their skills in a classroom," said Valerie Lovelace.
Teachers and other education professionals from throughout New York have come to Albany.
Monday and Tuesday are devoted to Common Core essentials, with other topics in the remainder of the week.
There's no question reading and math are now being taught differently than 50 years ago.
It's partially a recognition that the old, familiar way of instructing was not getting the results the large amount of tax dollar spending should produce.
But the Common Core changes have left many parents, even with very young children, unable to check and help with instruction and homework.
"And our math skill, for most people, without a math degree, is often fairly limited," said Kate Gerson of the Regents Research Foundation. " We can't necessarily manipulate all of the numbers and the ways that students in other countries can do. So part of what we're changing is making it more possible for these students to have a real deep foundational knowledge of math and what the numbers mean and that looks different."