Common Core Math—Confusing And Pointless

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    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

   If one looks at math sheets which are supposed to simplify or explain, one wonders how anyone can write such drivel and believe that it would help anyone learn anything. If anyone needs more proof that education isn’t about teaching, look below.

Common Core Homework: 6 Steps to Subtract 2 Numbers

Kelsey Harris –

Photo: Erick Erickson via ErickErickson.org

For third graders learning Common Core math in Georgia, there are four ways to subtract—and only four ways allowed. The picture above is just one of the methods for subtraction under Common Core straight from RedState editor in chief Erick Erickson’s third grade daughter’s math book.

Missing from the four methods: borrowing and carrying numbers. You know, the old-fashioned-taught-the-same-way-for-decades-granny-method-not-approved-by-bureaucrats subtraction.

According to this third grade textbook, students must take about six steps (at minimum, depending how you count) to subtract just two numbers. And if you don’t show your work, circle the right numbers and “count up” correctly, you haven’t proven that you’ve mastered the “why” of the problem.

In a previous post where I highlighted two “Homework Helper” videos a local news station broadcast because parents were struggling with their childrens’ new Common Core homework, it’s very clear memorization is out—explaining the “why” is in.

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     Where are the simple algorithms of yesteryear?

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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