Raise your hand if you think Mathematics are important. There has been a lot of talk this school year about the Common Core State Standards. What are they? How are they different from what our students have been learning all these years? Click here to see how the math standards have changed. It sounds like we are going in the right direction. Having a big picture way of thinking is crucial to understanding new concepts as they arise. Equally crucial is the ability to apply these concepts. So far over 75% of the states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, and the DoDEA have aligned their school standards with the Common Core. Let's hope that this shift brings about a major change and helps create more math minded students, so we can rise again amongst the ranks of the world's best math students.