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Common Core: Educated dad bashes math strategy as Indiana drops the fed program

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If people aren’t knocking Obamacare these days, it’s likely because they’re too busy complaining about their children’s education via “Common Core.” One parent’s gripes about the new federally-endorsed way of teaching our nation’s young has gone viral, according to a Time report on Thursday, as a dad tells his son that the new math is – for lack of a better term – pretty asinine.

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The dad in the story has an engineering degree, and he says Common Core’s math strategy absolutely ridiculous via a Facebook post. His frustration asserts that if anyone at his job tried to solve a problem with the method that is recommended by Common Core, that person would be fired. The problem? Common Core’s focus is to teach methods of problem solving in a way that will prepare children for skills necessary for entering the real world of work.

According to the report, the Facebook post has some 6,000 likes and has been shared thousands upon thousands of times on another website called TheBlaze.

Worse than an educated dad going off on Common Core, an entire state dumped the program this past week. Last Monday, Indiana was the first state to quit the program. The state’s governor, Mike Pence, is considered a hero among conservatives for dropping the program. According to Indiana’s officials, the new national standards are taking away the power of the state to determine local school curriculum.

Pence said that he believes Indiana’s students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level. He commended members of the state’s General Assembly for supporting his educational efforts. He said that Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by people of his state, for people of his state, and that are uncommonly high.

Oklahoma is also taking measures to take the words “Common Core” out of its state curriculum. Other parts of the United States are also fighting Common Core. For example, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says that Common Core – via the United States federal government – is still trying to put everyone in one basket, and she says that everyone is not to be put in one basket.

Last year, Sec. of Education Arne Duncan insulted white suburban moms and their children when he said that the opposition to Common Core was mostly coming from white suburban moms who – all of a sudden – find their children aren’t as brilliant as they thought they were. After the racially-divisive comment, Duncan ended up apologizing.

Likely going after Duncan’s criticism of a year ago, the dad with the engineering degree – Jeff Severt - who posted his frustration with Common Core on Facebook recently, Severt says the problem with Common Core is the recommended strategy to solve a simple math problem rather than his child’s score. Severt claims that there is an awkward and extremely complicated number line strategy used in Common Core to solve a simple subtraction problem.

The assignment given to Severt’s son Jack was to find the error in the subtraction problem and then write a letter telling the errant student how to use the number line method to solve the problem.

Severt’s response was:

Dear Jack,

Don’t feel bad. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications. Even I cannot explain the Common Core Mathematics approach, nor get the answer correct. In the real world, simlificatoin is valued over complication. Therefore:

427-316=111

The answer is solved in under 5 seconds: 111. The process used is ridiculous and would result in termination if used.

Sincerely, Frustrated Parent

It should be interesting to see how many parents are alerted by this parentally-involved incident and what kind of future criticisms of the program come up. Also of interest is watching to see how many states will follow Indiana's bold move by dropping the program.

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