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Sep 04 2014

Common Core Math Explained

For those left scratching their heads in confusion by this

common-core-math

…we now have an explanation:

As a courtesy to parents sure to be frustrated with their children’s infuriating Common Core homework, Buffalo, N.Y. NBC affiliate WGRZ has published a series of helpful videos.

The first of the six videos informs parents about the new way to add 9 + 6. …

“With the Common Core, students need to understand why” 9 + 6 equals 15, a bubbly WGRZ reporter explains.

Fourth-grade teacher Eileen Klag Ryan then demonstrates the Common Core way to add 9 + 6.

This Common Core method takes nearly a minute.

“Our young learners might not be altogether comfortable thinking about what 9 + 6 is,” Ryan relates. “They are quite comfortable thinking about their friend, 10.”

In a world run by liberals, the important thing is for math to make people feel “comfortable.”

“We’re going to decompose our 6,” the teacher continues, drawing two small diagonal lines under the 6, then adding a number 1 and a number 5.

“We know 6 is made up of parts,” she instructs. “One of its parts is a 1 and the other part is a 5.”

Then, things get super-complex.

“We’re now going to anchor our 9 to a 1, allowing our students to anchor to that 10″ Ryan says, while drawing a big, oblong circle around the 9 and the 1.”

“Now our students are seeing that we have 10 + 5,” she declares confidently. She stutters a bit and adds, “Having, uh, now more comfort seeing that 10 + 5 is 15. That’s much more comfortable than looking at 9 + 6.”

Instead of taking a split second to say that 9 + 6 = 15, students take almost a minute to say that 6 = 5 + 1, 9 + 1 = 10, and 10 + 5 = 15. Because that way they feel more comfortable.

This demonstrates why no one in his right mind would want the government in charge of schools.

The lunacy will have long-term implications for Americans’ ability to do math.

Canada’s National Post reported that a group of neuroscientists has issued a study finding that rote memorization of discrete math facts plays a critical role in mathematical development in young children.

In short, the study found, memorizing multiplication tables and answers to basic arithmetic problems is cognitively vital because, without such memorization, children will have a much harder time later on with complex math problems.

Even if students aren’t learning much under Common Core, at least the rest of us can take away this lesson: there is no aspect of life that liberals will not degrade if given authority over it.

On tips from Henry, Muddypaw, and Dan F.



108 Responses to “Common Core Math Explained”

  1. mkultra says:

    This is how one would explain addition to a circus monkey. Coincidence?

  2. mkultra says:

    This is how one would explain addition to a circus monkey. Coincidence?

  3. DinaRehn says:

    The road to Idiocracy anyone?

  4. $59154503 says:

    The road to Idiocracy anyone?

  5. Rotohammer says:

    “We know 6 is made up of parts,” she instructs. “One of its parts is a 1 and the other part is a 5.”

    How do we know that? No, don’t tell me. I don’t want to hear about anchors and numerophobia.

    Were these math help videos by any chance written and produced by Woody Allen?

  6. Rotohammer says:

    “We know 6 is made up of parts,” she instructs. “One of its parts is a 1 and the other part is a 5.”

    How do we know that? No, don’t tell me. I don’t want to hear about anchors and numerophobia.

    Were these math help videos by any chance written and produced by Woody Allen?

  7. Jack says:

    Educators saw how successful phonics was in teaching reading and so they all got together and wondered how they could apply phonics to math. If only numbers had their own equivalent of phonemes… they thought. How sad for them that in the final analysis you can’t teach math with hijacked hooked on phonics .

  8. Jack says:

    Educators saw how successful phonics was in teaching reading and so they all got together and wondered how they could apply phonics to math. If only numbers had their own equivalent of phonemes… they thought. How sad for them that in the final analysis you can’t teach math with hijacked hooked on phonics .

  9. Appalled By The World says:

    I struggled mightily with math as a kid but I am able to do most basic math functions (old style) these days. Had Common Core been around in my school days not only would I have gotten a slew of F—‘s thanks to the sheer confusion but I never would have been able to add 1+1 in any manner at all no matter what my age is.

  10. Henry says:

    In this example, kids would need to have previously MEMORIZED that 6=5+1…

  11. Appalled By The World says:

    I struggled mightily with math as a kid but I am able to do most basic math functions (old style) these days. Had Common Core been around in my school days not only would I have gotten a slew of F—‘s thanks to the sheer confusion but I never would have been able to add 1+1 in any manner at all no matter what my age is.

  12. Henry says:

    In this example, kids would need to have previously MEMORIZED that 6=5+1…

  13. Appalled By The World says:

    Leads right off a cliff!

  14. Appalled By The World says:

    Leads right off a cliff!

  15. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    You don’t have to be involved with academia at any level very long to discover that the brightest bulbs on any campus are never to be found in the education department.

  16. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    You don’t have to be involved with academia at any level very long to discover that the brightest bulbs on any campus are never to be found in the education department.

  17. 762x51 says:

    Yeah but things have gotten sooooo much better in education over the last 30 years.

    I mean, it’s not like we rank behind Liechtenstein in math . . . wait . . . We DO rank below Liechtenstein in Math AND Reading AND Science. Yet the libtards are still screaming for more money to improve education or is it to pad their wallets?

  18. 762x51 says:

    Yeah but things have gotten sooooo much better in education over the last 30 years.

    I mean, it’s not like we rank behind Liechtenstein in math . . . wait . . . We DO rank below Liechtenstein in Math AND Reading AND Science. Yet the libtards are still screaming for more money to improve education or is it to pad their wallets?

  19. 762x51 says:

    AND that 9+1=10. or they could just memorize that 9+6=15, just sayin.

  20. 762x51 says:

    AND that 9+1=10. or they could just memorize that 9+6=15, just sayin.

  21. 762x51 says:

    That must be why the United States slipped from 11th to 21st in the world in Reading since 2009. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

    But hey, the stock market is up, everybody dance.

  22. 762x51 says:

    That must be why the United States slipped from 11th to 21st in the world in Reading since 2009. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

    But hey, the stock market is up, everybody dance.

  23. Appalled By The World says:

    Won’t someone think of the children lol.

  24. 762x51 says:

    But teacher, I thought 6 was made up of 2 and 4, no, no teacher, I thought 6 was made up of 3 and 3.

    Perhaps what we need here is a law declaring ALL number to be Prime Numbers so as to cut down on factors and confusion and increase “comfort”.

  25. Appalled By The World says:

    Won’t someone think of the children lol.

  26. 762x51 says:

    But teacher, I thought 6 was made up of 2 and 4, no, no teacher, I thought 6 was made up of 3 and 3.

    Perhaps what we need here is a law declaring ALL number to be Prime Numbers so as to cut down on factors and confusion and increase “comfort”.

  27. 762x51 says:

    Actually, this is how a circus monkey would explain addition to anyone foolish enough to listen to a circus monkey.

    Imagine what Common Core long division looks like.

  28. 762x51 says:

    Actually, this is how a circus monkey would explain addition to anyone foolish enough to listen to a circus monkey.

    Imagine what Common Core long division looks like.

  29. NeeNee says:

    Our oldest granddaughter (now 18 and in college) had this crap. Grandma preached & preached to her mother that, dammit, some things ya just gotta know and memorize. By the end of sixth grade, Anna was still surreptitiously counting on her fingers yet. Was it any wonder a fairly straightforward addition sheet of 3-figure numbers took her an hour to do??

    For some reason, this generation abhors memorization. You can use any manner of dissection to teach math concepts, but the easiest way is just to memorize number facts. I recall the sense of accomplishment I felt from working my way on the “times progression” from 2×2=4, 2×3=6. etc., all the way to the 15’s. We had contests to see who could whip through that sheet the fastest.

    Oh, and another thing . . .I am bemused/frustrated with the generation of kids who are taking Calculus 2 but who don’t know how to count change back for a $20 bill at the Dairy Queen!!!

  30. NeeNee says:

    Our oldest granddaughter (now 18 and in college) had this crap. Grandma preached & preached to her mother that, dammit, some things ya just gotta know and memorize. By the end of sixth grade, Anna was still surreptitiously counting on her fingers yet. Was it any wonder a fairly straightforward addition sheet of 3-figure numbers took her an hour to do??

    For some reason, this generation abhors memorization. You can use any manner of dissection to teach math concepts, but the easiest way is just to memorize number facts. I recall the sense of accomplishment I felt from working my way on the “times progression” from 2×2=4, 2×3=6. etc., all the way to the 15’s. We had contests to see who could whip through that sheet the fastest.

    Oh, and another thing . . .I am bemused/frustrated with the generation of kids who are taking Calculus 2 but who don’t know how to count change back for a $20 bill at the Dairy Queen!!!

  31. maudieNmandeville says:

    Can you imagine a college statistics class?

  32. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    Can you imagine a college statistics class?

  33. Jim says:

    I tried “their” method and got different results, 14 twice, 19 once and 37.375 once. All this while sober. I’ll try later tonight after a couple glasses of Cabernet.

  34. Jim says:

    I tried “their” method and got different results, 14 twice, 19 once and 37.375 once. All this while sober. I’ll try later tonight after a couple glasses of Cabernet.

  35. Jim says:

    It might work, although this method would be best used in Moslem countries.

  36. Jim says:

    It might work, although this method would be best used in Moslem countries.

  37. WMD says:

    Imagine what calculus must look like!

  38. WMD says:

    I want to see them explain some calculus. Or geometry!

  39. WMD says:

    Imagine what calculus must look like!

  40. WMD says:

    I want to see them explain some calculus. Or geometry!

  41. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Classic money laundering scheme. Tax dollars go to teachers, unions get a cut, portion of those dues go the the DNC, which works to pass laws that require all public schools to deal with the unions, make it difficult to avoid public school, and allocate even more tax dollars to the teacher’s unions. Who then kick a portion back to the DNC, and around and around it goes. Not that teacher’s unions are special in that regard.

  42. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Classic money laundering scheme. Tax dollars go to teachers, unions get a cut, portion of those dues go the the DNC, which works to pass laws that require all public schools to deal with the unions, make it difficult to avoid public school, and allocate even more tax dollars to the teacher’s unions. Who then kick a portion back to the DNC, and around and around it goes. Not that teacher’s unions are special in that regard.

  43. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Wait until this batch of kids get ready to take the SATs, which are all about speed. They’ll just have to adjust the norms downward (again), which will help close the gap between kids with low IQs and kids with normal to high IQs. It’s all pushing us toward the lowest common denominator.

  44. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Wait until this batch of kids get ready to take the SATs, which are all about speed. They’ll just have to adjust the norms downward (again), which will help close the gap between kids with low IQs and kids with normal to high IQs. It’s all pushing us toward the lowest common denominator.

  45. DM says:

    I am pretty good at math and had to read it twice to figure out WHY it was explained that way. There really is no WHY. Just a mass of confusion.

  46. DM says:

    I am pretty good at math and had to read it twice to figure out WHY it was explained that way. There really is no WHY. Just a mass of confusion.

  47. OldmanRick says:

    Assinity and stupidity are on the rise among our elitist educators, and I use the term “educators” loosely.

  48. OldmanRick says:

    Assinity and stupidity are on the rise among our elitist educators, and I use the term “educators” loosely.

  49. rambler says:

    Beat around the bush math! The new ed just love drawing. Everybody has to have art in every class. One of my children had as an assignment for history to draw democracy, socialism, communism and a bunch of other things just as silly. The teacher had just returned from a 3 day conference and thought this was a great assignment. Gotta have those colored pencils handy!

  50. rambler says:

    Beat around the bush math! The new ed just love drawing. Everybody has to have art in every class. One of my children had as an assignment for history to draw democracy, socialism, communism and a bunch of other things just as silly. The teacher had just returned from a 3 day conference and thought this was a great assignment. Gotta have those colored pencils handy!

  51. flyoverstatesman says:

    Ok but 6 can also be 4+2 or 3+3 neither of which work. Maybe it’s because they aren’t “comfortable” Jeez what slop!

  52. flyoverstatesman says:

    Ok but 6 can also be 4+2 or 3+3 neither of which work. Maybe it’s because they aren’t “comfortable” Jeez what slop!

  53. Mr. Mentalo says:

    10 is our friend. 10 makes us feel safe and comfortable. Since everything progressive is about “feelings”…even math…then we have to make sure everyone feels warm and fuzzy. That’s IT…they’re indoctrinating into fuzzy math!

    NEWS FLASH: Kids are no more comfy and friendly with 10 than they are with 47…until they learn it and memorize it. Which, obviously, defeats the whole purpose. UNLESS GIVING THEM UNWIELDY, USELESS “SKILLS” IS YOUR INTENTION.

  54. Mr. Mentalo says:

    10 is our friend. 10 makes us feel safe and comfortable. Since everything progressive is about “feelings”…even math…then we have to make sure everyone feels warm and fuzzy. That’s IT…they’re indoctrinating into fuzzy math!

    NEWS FLASH: Kids are no more comfy and friendly with 10 than they are with 47…until they learn it and memorize it. Which, obviously, defeats the whole purpose. UNLESS GIVING THEM UNWIELDY, USELESS “SKILLS” IS YOUR INTENTION.

  55. Spartan24708 says:

    My very shy and sensitive daughter is in a small private school but financial concerns made us look at the local public school. Horrible experience! The principal’s first words were practically “common core” and it was all I could do to not walk out the door but I had promised my husband I’d look. She also wouldn’t show us any books or work the kids were doing and wouldn’t allow our daughter a trial day in class. She did give us the curriculum name- Engage New York and I promised my husband I’d look at it online since I thought that maybe it’s just parents getting upset and all common core based math wasn’t like this. Wrong again! I can see R coming home from that mess crying that she hates math and it is her best subject. I told my husband “no” and we will make it somehow. I will buy the books she’s using now and teach her at home!

  56. Spartan24708 says:

    My very shy and sensitive daughter is in a small private school but financial concerns made us look at the local public school. Horrible experience! The principal’s first words were practically “common core” and it was all I could do to not walk out the door but I had promised my husband I’d look. She also wouldn’t show us any books or work the kids were doing and wouldn’t allow our daughter a trial day in class. She did give us the curriculum name- Engage New York and I promised my husband I’d look at it online since I thought that maybe it’s just parents getting upset and all common core based math wasn’t like this. Wrong again! I can see R coming home from that mess crying that she hates math and it is her best subject. I told my husband “no” and we will make it somehow. I will buy the books she’s using now and teach her at home!

  57. Spartan24708 says:

    My daughter was in public school for 3 weeks 2 years ago and we pulled her out when the teacher wanted to label her as “autistic”. Her birthday was 2 weeks before the cutoff and we put her back into pre k where she did great!.

  58. Spartan24708 says:

    My daughter was in public school for 3 weeks 2 years ago and we pulled her out when the teacher wanted to label her as “autistic”. Her birthday was 2 weeks before the cutoff and we put her back into pre k where she did great!.

  59. Grumpy Cat says:

    Looks like advanced nuclear physics in a liberal arts college.

  60. Grumpy Cat says:

    Looks like advanced nuclear physics in a liberal arts college.

  61. Grumpy Cat says:

    Is Kirk’s brain hurting from a math problem or is he just feeling sorry he didn’t hit on that blue chick from Planet Xorgon?

  62. Grumpy Cat says:

    Is Kirk’s brain hurting from a math problem or is he just feeling sorry he didn’t hit on that blue chick from Planet Xorgon?

  63. Grumpy Cat says:

    and goes right by 1600 Penna Ave.

  64. Grumpy Cat says:

    and goes right by 1600 Penna Ave.

  65. Henry says:

    An Orion slave girl gave him crabs.

  66. Henry says:

    An Orion slave girl gave him crabs.

  67. Grumpy Cat says:

    I didn’t know crabs eat away at your brain.

  68. Grumpy Cat says:

    I didn’t know crabs eat away at your brain.

  69. Bodhisattva says:

    While I agree that memorization is still a good way to exercise and prepare young minds, and I agree that modern teachers don’t seem to be very adept at teaching, ‘bundling tens’ is a standard and reasonable way to teach addition. That liberals are not good at doing it in any intelligible fashion – well that’s not really any surprise, is it?

  70. Bodhisattva says:

    While I agree that memorization is still a good way to exercise and prepare young minds, and I agree that modern teachers don’t seem to be very adept at teaching, ‘bundling tens’ is a standard and reasonable way to teach addition. That liberals are not good at doing it in any intelligible fashion – well that’s not really any surprise, is it?

  71. Bodhisattva says:

    And the last time we visited this topic here, SOMEONE ELSE posted this video, which I will re-post for those who might have missed it then. It’s DEFIITELY worth a look and COMPLETELY safe for work, though might want to make sure the volume is at a reasonable level.

  72. Bodhisattva says:

    And the last time we visited this topic here, SOMEONE ELSE posted this video, which I will re-post for those who might have missed it then. It’s DEFIITELY worth a look and COMPLETELY safe for work, though might want to make sure the volume is at a reasonable level.

    IMPORTANT POINT IN THE VIDEO

    At the 1:00 point in the video he points out a HUGE flaw in liberal logic – that in their ‘new’ approach the important thing is to understand what you’re doing rather than to get the right answer.

    We see this logic applied when liberal moonbats deliberately falsify scientific data so that the outcome of their ‘experiment’ conforms with what is politically necessary or ideologically approved. Examples: Studies which “prove” gay parents are ‘equal’ to straight parents, which ‘show’ that humans are causing catastrophic warming, temperature data that ‘proves’ the Earth is warming catastrophically (once it’s been adjusted with a special version of the ‘new math’).

    All of this liberal ‘science’ is based on, or rather DEPENDS ON doing it wrong, which is excuses because it’s the only way they can get the ‘right’ answer. Which is really a left, wrong answer.

    Also note that at 1:40 in the video, Lehrer makes a mistake when he borrows 1 from the hundreds and turns it into ‘ten ones’ instead of ‘ten tens’, a key concept for base 10 math. Though the reason he does this is he’s working at one place at a time and to avoid confusion you consider each place as ‘ones’ to simplify solving it, but at the same time creating potential confusion.

    Perhaps part of the ‘new math’ approach is to prepare students who go on to deeper math subjects to understand how the different places work with other bases, such as 2, 8 or 16. If so it’s vital to remember that your’e not working with ‘1’s’ but actually exponential powers of the base number. That’s all I’m saying here. Calling them “1’s” without more detail will lead to confusion, perhaps, later.

    At about 1:47 he seems to make a deliberate mistake to ram home the liberal idea that it’s not the correct answer that matters, it’s “the idea’ that is important, not getting the right answer, which has been replaced these days by ‘the feelings’ are most important, not actually becoming an honest, intelligent, capable, rational, well balanced person.

    And be sure you stick around long enough to hear his explanation of the difference between base 8 and base 10 at about 2:38.

    New math – so simple that only a child can do it.

  73. Spartan24708 says:

    They’re making it way too complicated than it needs to be. When I was in first grade we had what our teacher called a “ten set” it was a set of blocks that showed how many combinations added up to ten- ie 1+9, 2+8 ect. We could visualize the problems that way and eventually memorize them. Same concept but way more visual and better suited for small classes.

  74. Spartan24708 says:

    They’re making it way too complicated than it needs to be. When I was in first grade we had what our teacher called a “ten set” it was a set of blocks that showed how many combinations added up to ten- ie 1+9, 2+8 ect. We could visualize the problems that way and eventually memorize them. Same concept but way more visual and better suited for small classes.

  75. Spartan24708 says:

    The principal also told us that she had to have the fifth graders explain how to do their work. I was appalled- an educated woman with a master’s degree having to have 10yo kids explain elementary school math to her.

  76. Spartan24708 says:

    The principal also told us that she had to have the fifth graders explain how to do their work. I was appalled- an educated woman with a master’s degree having to have 10yo kids explain elementary school math to her.

  77. KHarn says:

    I guess I failed the test. When it said “draw”, I would have made squares, or dots. Seven would be in one group, six in another; then I would have circled both groups.

  78. KHarn says:

    I guess I failed the test. When it said “draw”, I would have made squares, or dots. Seven would be in one group, six in another; then I would have circled both groups.

  79. Bodhisattva says:

    I agree 100%. Complicating it, particularly by throwing in nonsense about ‘feelings’ isn’t helpful and is probably harmful. Visualizing helps, agreed.

  80. Bodhisattva says:

    I agree 100%. Complicating it, particularly by throwing in nonsense about ‘feelings’ isn’t helpful and is probably harmful. Visualizing helps, agreed.

  81. Americangirl5 says:

    They should “anchor” the whole thing to a 9 and throw it in a river! My head still hurts from reading the explanation.

  82. Americangirl5 says:

    They should “anchor” the whole thing to a 9 and throw it in a river! My head still hurts from reading the explanation.

  83. Rotohammer says:

    That kind of certainty and knowledge would be dangerous in the voting public. The only knowledge allowed will be that given by the state. 6=5+1 will have to be arrived at by some convoluted process that erodes certainty.

  84. Rotohammer says:

    That kind of certainty and knowledge would be dangerous in the voting public. The only knowledge allowed will be that given by the state. 6=5+1 will have to be arrived at by some convoluted process that erodes certainty.

  85. randian says:

    If your goal is to equalize the smart students with the dumb ones then this is a great way to teach math.

  86. randian says:

    If your goal is to equalize the smart students with the dumb ones then this is a great way to teach math.

  87. Momster says:

    You moron! Everyone knows that 6 is made up of six parts! 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1. Jeez

  88. Momster says:

    You moron! Everyone knows that 6 is made up of six parts! 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1. Jeez

  89. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Just guessing, but calculus probably isn’t included in Common Core. It is just too difficult and makes too many people uncomfortable.

  90. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Just guessing, but calculus probably isn’t included in Common Core. It is just too difficult and makes too many people uncomfortable.

  91. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Kids taught with common core have no idea what “the stock market is up” actually means.

  92. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Kids taught with common core have no idea what “the stock market is up” actually means.

  93. Mr. Freemarket says:

    My wife used to play Monopoly with our six year old grandson. With money on the line, he learned how to do math fast.

  94. Mr. Freemarket says:

    My wife used to play Monopoly with our six year old grandson. With money on the line, he learned how to do math fast.

  95. oldguy says:

    When I was a young boy going to school in the 40’s, every time I got into trouble she would make me write out the multiplication tables ten times. I would have a hard time “liking” the number 10 today.

  96. oldguy says:

    When I was a young boy going to school in the 40’s, every time I got into trouble she would make me write out the multiplication tables ten times. I would have a hard time “liking” the number 10 today.

  97. Jodie says:

    Let me try to figure this out. Let’s say a Muslim man has six wives and seven daughters. He honor kills 1 of the seven daughters, so that is 1 + 6, then he beats a wife to death for talking to his brother-in-law, so then that is 1+ 5. Then he decides that he wants to have sell ten of the women/girls, so, that is 1 + 6 + 1 + 5 bunched into 10, yes… I can see how that makes 13.

  98. Jodie says:

    Let me try to figure this out. Let’s say a Muslim man has six wives and seven daughters. He honor kills 1 of the seven daughters, so that is 1 + 6, then he beats a wife to death for talking to his brother-in-law, so then that is 1+ 5. Then he decides that he wants to have sell ten of the women/girls, so, that is 1 + 6 + 1 + 5 bunched into 10, yes… I can see how that makes 13.

  99. Henry says:

    They don’t. He’s just sorry he hit on that green chick from Orion.

  100. Henry says:

    They don’t. He’s just sorry he hit on that green chick from Orion.

  101. Jester says:

    THREAD WINNER!!! 😀

  102. Jester says:

    THREAD WINNER!!! 😀

  103. Jodie says:

    Ahhhh, thanks!

  104. Jodie says:

    Ahhhh, thanks!

  105. oldguy says:

    Any number only means how many.

  106. oldguy says:

    Any number only means how many.

  107. lone scribbler says:

    It’s actually much easier
    add 9 and 6 with : “Core Melt Down Math”. First you make a ”
    V” bird with its wings spread so it can fly high and feel good about
    itself. Also, a flock of birds make a “V”. Now, since “I” is the most important thing in your life, you
    add your: “I” to the “V” bird, and you get
    “IV”. But Ivy could be a girl’s name and we don’t want encourage any
    genderism , so we reverse the letters and get: “VI”. We want
    you in here also, so that you can take ownership of the problem; so we add one
    of the all inclusive and diverse terms: “X”, which could stand for
    one of you . Now we have : “VI” + IX =XV.

  108. lone scribbler says:

    It’s actually much easier
    add 9 and 6 with : “Core Melt Down Math”. First you make a ”
    V” bird with its wings spread so it can fly high and feel good about
    itself. Also, a flock of birds make a “V”. Now, since “I” is the most important thing in your life, you
    add your: “I” to the “V” bird, and you get
    “IV”. But Ivy could be a girl’s name and we don’t want encourage any
    genderism , so we reverse the letters and get: “VI”. We want
    you in here also, so that you can take ownership of the problem; so we add one
    of the all inclusive and diverse terms: “X”, which could stand for
    one of you . Now we have : “VI” + IX =XV.

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