By Tina Ha Giang,
Before coming to the United States Hanh Le worked as a high school teacher in Vietnam. Despite her background in education, like a lot of Vietnamese parents she says she is confused by the new Common Core education standards.
“I’ve got a general understanding,” says Le, whose daughter is in the seventh grade. Le says she tried to learn more about the new standards – adopted by California in 2010 and set for full implementation this year – but found the existing literature “too difficult.”
Indeed, for Vietnamese parents, many of who are accustomed to the more traditional test-based approach to education, the Common Core poses a variety of challenges.