Bizarre Common Core math

Common Core (full name: Common Core State Standards Initiative or CCSSI) is an education initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the purpose of which is to establish consistent education standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter college or the workforce.

On June 2, 2010, Common Core standards were released for mathematics and English language arts. States were given an incentive a lure to adopt the standards through the possibility of competitive federal Race to the Top grants.

To date, 44 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia are members of the CCSSI. Minnesota has adopted the English Language Arts standards but not the Mathematics standards. Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Indiana have not adopted the initiative.

Common Core is much criticized. The latest example has to do with its bizarre math that critics say is needlessly and nonsensically convoluted, so bizarre that a North Carolina dad with a Ph.D. was stumped by his kindergarten kid’s math homework assignment.

Below is an example of bizarre Common Core math.

Students are asked to solve what 427 minus 316 is, by using the number line below:

Common CoreDid you understand the math assignment?

No?

You’re not alone.

This is what a mom wrote about her son’s math assignment (source: Clash Daily):

Common Core mathH/t FOTM’s Anon.

See also “Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ Agenda,” Parts One and Two.

~Eowyn

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surfercajun
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surfercajun

This is great!!! Daughter and I laughing!!!

I say… GO MOM!!

 
DCG
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Another reason to homeschool…

 
Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

The questions comes to mind — Why would anyone in authority want to confuse a child with this kind of absurdity? Oh! I remember, stupid people are people who are more easily led !!!!!

 
Anonymous
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Anonymous

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else follows.” –George Orwell

Left/liberals want to destroy that possibility. If Media Matters says 2+2=5 then they want people to believe it is five… or three, or six, or “social justice”.

 
Glenn47
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Glenn47

They are not so interested if the student gets the right answer, it is more on how they arrived at their answer. Idiots, all of them. We know and they know we know, this is indoctrination into socialism.
I saw where Indiana is not going to sign up, but then, a warning that the states are just going to change the name and continue using the standard. We cannot let our guard down for one minute.
Thanks for posting this, I keep forwarding.

 
CalGirl
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CalGirl

*Massive sighing/eye-rolling.* What are CA educators doing w/Common Core at our school ?? Same as we did w/”No Child Left Behind,” “Whole Language.” “Modern Math,” Standards & Accountability” every other “flavor of the decade.” Every Admin. is an “expert” on education ..& yet…the last educator we had in office was maybe Woodrow Wilson….oh great!. THAT turned out good (not!) it’s a political football that pays off big time in votes. Nothing more, nothing less. Meanwhile, back at the ranch–Here’s what happens: Kids come through the door, we teach them. Period. There’s WAY more to worry abt than “Common Core.” It’s… Read more »

Seumas
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Seumas

Lest we forget, common core is also a product of the bill and melinda gates (eugenics) foundation, this is certainly not the worst this has in store, I’m sure. (perhaps problems involving who to throw overboard, for the survival of the fittest brainwashing?)

 
tina
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Doc, thanks for doing this article. This “common core” is horrific. The “communist blueprint for education” I hope and pray people will get into their schools, get involved and stop this. Indiana just yesterday nullified it in their state. If they get our kids here, we are gone. The states need to take education back. Stand up and say no not just no but “Hell No!”

 
Number 41
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Number 41

“Common Core (full name: Common Core State Standards Initiative or CCSSI) is an education initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO),”

Actually, it is completely owned by them, as in, those two Washington DC corporations hold the copyright to the alleged “state-led” standards. They both received (still receive?) millions from Bill Gates.

No state implemented the alleged “state-led” standards until bribed to do so with the federal sugar daddy money in Race To The Trough.

 
Grace
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Grace

I like that analogy.. “race to the trough”… Ain’t it the truth!

 
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[…] Common Core is much criticized. Its mathematics program is needlessly and nonsensically convoluted. See my post of March 25, “Bizarre Common Core math.” […]

 
joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this fascinating post. No, I don’t understand the math problem either. How can one come to a specific figure with such a graph? Incredible!