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At Smoky Hill High School, Common Core and Tests Not Always Easy Sell

Yosef Abuharus is sick of explaining it all. The ninth-grader at Smoky Hill High School just wants to move on to the next question. He doesn’t want to construct a math problem, figure out the answer, then be told to destroy what he built and pick through the remains so his teacher can understand how he got there. “Teachers will tell you, ‘I want to know what you’re thinking,’ ” he says. “Well, when the question is like, ‘Four times four,’ my thinking is, ‘four times four.’ I don’t like the extra work, the extra pressure.”