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Oct 19 2014

Common Core Math in a Nutshell

This frustrated parent’s angry response to Common Core sums up the lunacy that the federal government is imposing on schools throughout the nation:

common-core-math

If they can twist something as formerly straightforward and apolitical as math into these nonsensical pretzel shapes, imagine the mischief the leftist ideologues behind Common Core are inflicting through history and social studies.

Via Right Wing News, on a tip from G. Fox.



60 Responses to “Common Core Math in a Nutshell”

  1. Narrator 1 says:

    Get O’Brien on the line. We have a thoughtcriminal here.

  2. Narrator 1 says:

    Get O’Brien on the line. We have a thoughtcriminal here.

  3. dan says:

    lol…it shouldn’t be Common Core but Corrupted Core (garbage in…garbage out)

  4. dan says:

    lol…it shouldn’t be Common Core but Corrupted Core (garbage in…garbage out)

  5. Barry Hussein 0bola says:

    Holy FŨCKBALLS!

    This right here is why I home-schooled my daughter before it became ‘accepted’ main-stream.

    WOW. Just…WOW.

    Your chances of having a productive, functioning, literate child coming out of public school is looking very bleak.

  6. Ă Seraphim says:

    Holy FŨCKBALLS!

    This right here is why I home-schooled my daughter before it became ‘accepted’ main-stream.

    WOW. Just…WOW.

    Your chances of having a productive, functioning, literate child coming out of public school is looking very bleak.

  7. Cecil Henry says:

    Remember, poorly performing students justifies an expansion of the education department’s powers– how else can they help??????

  8. Cecil Henry says:

    Remember, poorly performing students justifies an expansion of the education department’s powers– how else can they help??????

  9. Proof says:

    “Nutshell” is apropos!

  10. Mike says:

    “Nutshell” is apropos!

  11. ScarletPimpernel says:

    “If they can twist something as formerly straightforward and apolitical as math into these nonsensical pretzel shapes, imagine the mischief the leftist ideologues behind Common Core are inflicting through history and social studies.”

    Bingo!! Well said.

  12. ScarletPimpernel says:

    “If they can twist something as formerly straightforward and apolitical as math into these nonsensical pretzel shapes, imagine the mischief the leftist ideologues behind Common Core are inflicting through history and social studies.”

    Bingo!! Well said.

  13. Wibbins says:

    Guys, please, use logic and reason, out of context this sounds like a bunch of nonsense. You’re supposed to find the error; it’s also a visual for children having difficulties with subtracting. Draw number line with numbers going with far right side at 427, then going to the left draw 3 humps these are worth 100 a piece adding up to 300, then make 1 hump this is worth 10, then make a dot this is worth 1, now the number you arrived at would be the answer.

    So in effect you have gone 3-100’s (300 from 427) now at 127 with 16 to go, now 10 from 127 now at 117, this is where “jack” went wrong he forgot to subtract the 10, (this is the answer the question asked what was jacks mistake), anyway then you subtract 6 from 117 leaving 111.

  14. Wibbins says:

    Guys, please, use logic and reason, out of context this sounds like a bunch of nonsense. You’re supposed to find the error; it’s also a visual for children having difficulties with subtracting. Draw number line with numbers going with far right side at 427, then going to the left draw 3 humps these are worth 100 a piece adding up to 300, then make 1 hump this is worth 10, then make a dot this is worth 1, now the number you arrived at would be the answer.

    So in effect you have gone 3-100’s (300 from 427) now at 127 with 16 to go, now 10 from 127 now at 117, this is where “jack” went wrong he forgot to subtract the 10, (this is the answer the question asked what was jacks mistake), anyway then you subtract 6 from 117 leaving 111.

  15. chelovek5 says:

    We understand that there is an underlying method that presumably works to some degree. The issue is that it’s unnecessary and overly complicated. Kids have been learning how to subtract with the standard, simpler method for hundreds of years without much fuss. The only reason we have this Common Core system is because ghetto kids are being lumped in with everyone else, giving the false impression that American students can’t do math.

  16. david says:

    We understand that there is an underlying method that presumably works to some degree. The issue is that it’s unnecessary and overly complicated. Kids have been learning how to subtract with the standard, simpler method for hundreds of years without much fuss. The only reason we have this Common Core system is because ghetto kids are being lumped in with everyone else, giving the false impression that American students can’t do math.

  17. Spartan24708 says:

    This makes subtraction much harder to understand and uses far too many steps to get to the correct answer. I have a friend who teaches math and he says that his would just be too confusing for kids who don’t understand abstract thinking yet.

  18. Spartan24708 says:

    This makes subtraction much harder to understand and uses far too many steps to get to the correct answer. I have a friend who teaches math and he says that his would just be too confusing for kids who don’t understand abstract thinking yet.

  19. robohobo60 says:

    This is just stupid. It ain’t even math just arithmetic. Teach the number line in beginning algebra, not here.

    Oh, and I have a BS – Mathematics

  20. RDaneel says:

    This is just stupid. It ain’t even math just arithmetic. Teach the number line in beginning algebra, not here.

    Oh, and I have a BS – Mathematics

  21. TED says:

    STUPID votes LEFT sums it up!

  22. TED says:

    STUPID votes LEFT sums it up!

  23. Softly Bob says:

    There is a common belief in European countries (only among Leftists though) that Americans are incredibly stupid people who have poor standards of education. The smarter Brits, French, Germans and so on know that this isn’t true, but just like the U.S. their education systems have been infiltrated by commies who hate America and are teaching their kids that the U.S. are just a bunch of stupid, redneck racists who can’t do arithmetic, have no knowledge of geography outside their own country, and are barely literate.

  24. Saxon Warrior says:

    There is a common belief in European countries (only among Leftists though) that Americans are incredibly stupid people who have poor standards of education. The smarter Brits, French, Germans and so on know that this isn’t true, but just like the U.S. their education systems have been infiltrated by commies who hate America and are teaching their kids that the U.S. are just a bunch of stupid, redneck racists who can’t do arithmetic, have no knowledge of geography outside their own country, and are barely literate.

  25. grayjohn says:

    Progressives hate children that can think. They want bot workers not normal healthy kids.

  26. grayjohn says:

    Progressives hate children that can think. They want bot workers not normal healthy kids.

  27. Smith and Wesson and Me says:

    Study this using Communist Core….real hard.
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  28. Smith and Wesson and Me says:

    Study this Equation using Communist Core….real hard.
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  29. GunnyG ALZ says:

    I second the motion.

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  30. GunnyG ALZ says:

    I second the motion.

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  31. Barry Hussein 0bola says:

    That’s why they want to drug up the children who are more active and restless than the rest of the sheep.

  32. Ă Seraphim says:

    That’s why they want to drug up the children who are more active and restless than the rest of the sheep.

  33. Barry Hussein 0bola says:

    Bingo, TED.

    I ♥ U!

  34. Ă Seraphim says:

    Bingo, TED.

    I ♥ U!

  35. Barry Hussein 0bola says:

    LOL! I love ascii art. XD

  36. Ă Seraphim says:

    LOL! I love ascii art. XD

  37. Barry Hussein 0bola says:

    Amazin’ how one finger can say it all. ha-ha

  38. Ă Seraphim says:

    Amazin’ how one finger can say it all. ha-ha

  39. Son_of_Taz says:

    If the kids are having problems subtracting, maybe their parent should get a job and see how subtraction really works in paycheck. Then they could show little Shanika, Jamal or Trevon what really happens when you take a job instead of an EBT card.

  40. Eddie_Valiant says:

    If the kids are having problems subtracting, maybe their parent should get a job and see how subtraction really works in paycheck. Then they could show little Shanika, Jamal or Trevon what really happens when you take a job instead of an EBT card.

  41. 762x51 says:

    Common Core IS BS Mathematics.

  42. 762x51 says:

    Common Core IS BS Mathematics.

  43. Alex says:

    I dont understand this math.

  44. Alex says:

    I dont understand this math.

  45. Fiberal says:

    Wibbins,

    I don’t think that’s right. The dots are just for number placement; they don’t have a value themselves. If they have a value for the small intervals as you state, they would have to have a value for the large intervals and I don’t see a useful operation there. Besides, you used a subtraction and the rules seem to suggest moving along a number line without using subtraction. Otherwise, what’s the point?

    Its an exercise in made-up number line rules.

    Here’s another way:

    The problem is to move 316 units away from 427.

    Rule 1. Move to the left from 427 to take off 3 big units (hundreds). That’s 300.
    You arrive at 127 as indicated. Can’t take off any more big units- you have to go to small units.

    Rule 2. Keeping moving left to take off enough smaller units starting from 127 to get another 16 (you’ve got 300 so far; you need 16 more units)

    Rule 3. The value of the small intervals can be determined by figuring out the interval value from 127 to the 121. There are 6 intervals from 127 to 121 so the interval value would be 1.

    ….Jack’s mistake was trying to use 10 for an interval value (see letter to Jack below).

    At 121 you have 6 units: you need another 10 to get 16.

    Rule 4. Keep moving left by intervals of 1 (allowable by the left-most arrow, or by now just knowing that you need another 10 interval moves) until you arrive at a number after moving down the required number of units.

    The number found after moving a total of 16 small + 3 big intervals from 427 will be the answer.

    .

    Here’s the letter from Student to Jack in language appropriate to children today:

    Dear Jack,

    Smooth Move Ex-Lax — you Piece of Pre-pubescent Pig Sh*t.
    Use a 1 and you know where you can use it. Next time try not to be so f’n dumb so I don’t have to solve f’n problems for you.

    Student

  46. Fiberal says:

    Wibbins,

    I don’t think that’s right. The dots are just for number placement; they don’t have a value themselves. If they have a value for the small intervals as you state, they would have to have a value for the large intervals and I don’t see a useful operation there. Besides, you used a subtraction and the rules seem to suggest moving along a number line without using subtraction. Otherwise, what’s the point?

    Its an exercise in made-up number line rules.

    Here’s another way:

    The problem is to move 316 units away from 427.

    Rule 1. Move to the left from 427 to take off 3 big units (hundreds). That’s 300.
    You arrive at 127 as indicated. Can’t take off any more big units- you have to go to small units.

    Rule 2. Keeping moving left to take off enough smaller units starting from 127 to get another 16 (you’ve got 300 so far; you need 16 more units)

    Rule 3. The value of the small intervals can be determined by figuring out the interval value from 127 to the 121. There are 6 intervals from 127 to 121 so the interval value would be 1.

    ….Jack’s mistake was trying to use 10 for an interval value (see letter to Jack below).

    At 121 you have 6 units: you need another 10 to get 16.

    Rule 4. Keep moving left by intervals of 1 (allowable by the left-most arrow, or by now just knowing that you need another 10 interval moves) until you arrive at a number after moving down the required number of units.

    The number found after moving a total of 16 small + 3 big intervals from 427 will be the answer.

    .

    Here’s the letter from Student to Jack in language appropriate to children today:

    Dear Jack,

    Smooth Move Ex-Lax — you Piece of Pre-pubescent Pig Sh*t.
    Use a 1 and you know where you can use it. Next time try not to be so f’n dumb so I don’t have to solve f’n problems for you.

    Student

  47. DrSamHerman says:

    Thank God the Almighty that my grandchildren are all in private schools that don’t teach that garbage.

  48. DrSamHerman - Dr Deplorado says:

    Thank God the Almighty that my grandchildren are all in private schools that don’t teach that garbage.

  49. Jodie says:

    This is a way of teaching the kids that the entire classroom is needed to keep Jack in line. The message is sent that if one student veers off of the agenda, the rest of Obama’s Youth Brigade will be waiting to ensure that the student quickly gets back into lockstep. There vil be no more independent thinking!

  50. Jodie says:

    This is a way of teaching the kids that the entire classroom is needed to keep Jack in line. The message is sent that if one student veers off of the agenda, the rest of Obama’s Youth Brigade will be waiting to ensure that the student quickly gets back into lockstep. There vil be no more independent thinking!

  51. Momster says:

    It was a lot easier (not to mention accurate) to just subtract the regular way.

  52. Momster says:

    It was a lot easier (not to mention accurate) to just subtract the regular way.

  53. Momster says:

    Cripes almighty, I have a headache just from reading your post, never mind actually having to try to do the problem. Having been taught arithmetic the standard way it was obvious (and easy) to come up with the correct answer. I would have just written Jack “For cripes sake, Jack, just write 427 on a piece of paper (an adult shouldn’t even need paper) and write 316 under it. Its EASY–you don’t even have to carry over!” Takes less than 5 seconds instead of wasting time reading that incomprehensible problem for 15 minutes and still not being able to make sense out of it. I studied accounting and could not unscramble that monkey-puzzle.

    In the near future, if we are still allowed to eat at MacDonalds, even if the kid behind the counter has the cash register with pictures on it and it tells him/her how much change is due, it will take him/her 30 minutes and 15 reams of paper to count out $2.37. And still not get it right.

  54. Momster says:

    Cripes almighty, I have a headache just from reading your post, never mind actually having to try to do the problem. Having been taught arithmetic the standard way it was obvious (and easy) to come up with the correct answer. I would have just written Jack “For cripes sake, Jack, just write 427 on a piece of paper (an adult shouldn’t even need paper) and write 316 under it. Its EASY–you don’t even have to carry over!” Takes less than 5 seconds instead of wasting time reading that incomprehensible problem for 15 minutes and still not being able to make sense out of it. I studied accounting and could not unscramble that monkey-puzzle.

    In the near future, if we are still allowed to eat at MacDonalds, even if the kid behind the counter has the cash register with pictures on it and it tells him/her how much change is due, it will take him/her 30 minutes and 15 reams of paper to count out $2.37. And still not get it right.

  55. Fiberal says:

    Yes. And here are the fundamental problems when liberals are playing with math:

    First, complexity is not elegance. An equation needs to be elegant, like E = mc^3 (or whatever it was :). Otherwise its just an algorithm used for a series of routine manipulations.

    Second, math has a history. When that history is ignored in favor of a liberal’s view (of something) they are assuming that different means better.

    Thirdly, some people just can’t do math well. Mathematical ability is genetically-driven. Whereas you might get some people to make change, there is a reason that McDonald’s and Burger King have symbols (for hamburger and coke, etc). on their cash registers, rather than numbers.

    I can almost assure you that liberal math teachers, pushing their nonsense, know nothing about these 3 points.

  56. Fiberal says:

    Yes. And here are the fundamental problems when liberals are playing with math:

    First, complexity is not elegance. An equation needs to be elegant, like E = mc^3 (or whatever it was :). Otherwise its just an algorithm used for a series of routine manipulations.

    Second, math has a history. When that history is ignored in favor of a liberal’s view (of something) they are assuming that different means better.

    Thirdly, some people just can’t do math well. Mathematical ability is genetically-driven. Whereas you might get some people to make change, there is a reason that McDonald’s and Burger King have symbols (for hamburger and coke, etc). on their cash registers, rather than numbers.

    I can almost assure you that liberal math teachers, pushing their nonsense, know nothing about these 3 points.

  57. Kyle Bull says:

    No, he went wrong by subtracting six untis of 10, instead of 1 unit of ten then six units of one.

  58. Kyle Bull says:

    No, he went wrong by subtracting six untis of 10, instead of 1 unit of ten then six units of one.

  59. Smith and Wesson and Me says:

    and more accurate. But liberals (communists) believe it’s all about how you feeeeeel that determines reality.

  60. Smith and Wesson and Me says:

    and more accurate. But liberals (communists) believe it’s all about how you feeeeeel that determines reality.


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