This Common Core Math Problem Makes Zero Sense Faith Braverman January 31, 2014 Free Style 4884 Share435 +13 Tweet9 Pin1 Share Stumble1Shares 449 Jennifer Hall took to Twitter this week to vent her frustrations over her daughter’s ridiculous math homework provided by Common Core. Hall’s 3rd grader is just learning fractions for the first time, but this assignment is likely to leave any child more confused than they were before. My 3rd grader’s #CommonCore math homework. Note that there are no shaded parts. pic.twitter.com/hIkzoSXRr4 — Jennifer Hall (@jenjhall) January 27, 2014 The assignment calls for the children to “Match the picture with the fraction that names the shaded part.” However, as Hall points out in her tweet, “There are no shaded parts.” Follow TLR on Google+ This is the type of education that children in 45 states and the District of Columbia are receiving. Unbelievably, this isn’t even the worst example of what Common Core is “teaching” to children. Last week, a concerned older sister posted her 4th grade sibling’s math instructions to Twitter. This worksheet for Common Core students in New York is impossible to fathom. “Use number bonds to help you skip-count by seven by making ten or adding to the ones,” the directions state. What does that even mean? My 9 year old sisters math homework with this “common core” shit. WHAT ARE THESE DIRECTIONS. pic.twitter.com/GNw0uumhuR — Lauren (@HollaAtMe_Baby) January 21, 2014 Twitchy has compiled an expansive list of Common Core’s greatest hits, each one more redundant than the last. These assignments are self-evident that when you leave the government in charge of anything, they’ll erode it into a complicated mess. Children deserve a better education than this. Share435 +13 Tweet9 Pin1 Share Stumble1Shares 449 Common CoreEducationCops May Have Lied About Justin Bieber Drag Racing, GPS Records EmergeGunman Sticks Pistol In Waistband, Shoots Himself In The HuevosAbout The AuthorFaith Braverman 11 Responses JF January 31, 2014 I have also seen math homework not have a shaded area on the figure. I’ve also seen assignments come home with bad grammar. I’m not even sure these are Common Core materials. Olen Thomas Giles January 31, 2014 well then youre blind…atleast in reference to the second paper…it actually says ”NYS COMMON CORE MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM” at the top of the page JF January 31, 2014 I was referring to the homework my kids have brought home. Olen Thomas Giles February 1, 2014 this ” I’m not even sure these are Common Core materials.” is why i was brought to conclusion you were talking about the article E.J. Burger January 31, 2014 I have had similar homework with my kids in sarasota county. The other problem I am noticing is that I am told by my children “No dad, that is the right answer but that isn’t how they want the answer written.” Meaning IMO they 1.) programing my kids to be robots and answer only in very specific ways with creativity and/or efficiency being looked down upon 2.) are programing kids to know what is right and what the authority figure wants can be two different things, and to get points you need to give the authority figure what they want. As to the directions they are over complicating teaching strategies. Our schools would be ok reviving 700 tests and having all the written answers worded exactly the same. They would think they did an amazing job. A generation of robots ready to ring shit up at wal-mart. Ashley Arthur January 31, 2014 I have a 1st and 3rd grader in public school. (Truly considering homeschooling, however my state of California makes it pretty difficult. My third grader came home a couple months ago with common core math hmwk…and I kid you not, instructed him to play Rock Paper Scissors with someone at home twenty times. It even had visual diagrams that showed how to play, which took up most of the paper. No real following questions, except to keep talley marks every time you won a game. I assume…it was their attempt to explain probability…but my kids and I agreed it was stupid. This is a shame. Mario Lawrence January 31, 2014 This is a grammar problem, and that’s why it confuses children. Each fraction in this problem can be solved. I’ve seen bad grammar like this even in college textbooks when I was in school. You end up going online, or spending a few minutes with your professor or tutor for a better explanation. You’d think the writing jobs for these books have been outsourced. lol Carl-Cathy Wisnesky January 31, 2014 The first one is totally messed up, but we understand & agree with the 2nd one. Most people who can add quickly & mentally, without paper & pencil, add by 10s. For example, mentally, a person might think out 47 + 36 + 64 as 70 + 60 = 130 and 7 + 6 + 4 = 10 + 7 and finally mentally think 140 + 7 = 147. Adding by 10s has been taught since the beginning of counting. Tracy A. Goode February 6, 2014 I don’t know; even mentally, I add 47+36 to get 83+ 64 to get 147. It’s faster that way. Nick L. Gale February 1, 2014 Poorly done class lessons are a non-unique to Common Core. Richard Blum February 5, 2014 I have been a mathematician all of my life and a Vedic Math (VM) teacher for the last 18 years. I can’t believe that one of the main dictates of Common Core is to downplay the ability of a student to calculate in favor of their ability to “conceptualize.” Every time that get in front of a class of students – I always ask the same first question – How many of you hate math and if you didn’t have to study it you wouldn’t? Almost every time every hand gets raised. These students have already be taught to hate math. The way math has been taught traditionally (pre-Common Core) is hard, boring and not especially effective in solving problems quickly. Now, add to this, Common Core, with a student not being well grounded in knowing how to add, subtract, multiply and divide and you have a student who will not be able to compete on the world stage. Math should be taught in an interesting and methodical manner that students will not only enjoy, but, understand quickly in a natural manner. Switching to Common Core will not achieve this goal.