I am constantly hearing (through media, friends on facebook, etc.) people complain about Common Core Math. Most of the complaints state that students have to solve problems using certain strategies or tools that are a bit confusing, when there is usually a more simple way to solve the problem. I am only very familiar with the 2nd grade standards, so I'm looking for clarification. Are there some math standards that specifically state exactly how students must solve a problem? I can't think of any examples for 2nd grade. Our standards are pretty basic: Solve story problems involving money, add and subtract fluently within 20, recognize numbers as odd or even... So where are these "odd" strategies coming from? Are the standards more specific in other grades? Or is it just the math curriculum that some schools are choosing to purchase?