Common Core rants are happening all over America, in households where aggravated parents try to explain bewildering Common Core directives on their kid’s homework. The standardized reading and math norms are bewildering at times, and even those with an advanced engineering degree are left stumped.
Enter dad Jeff Severt, whose Common Core rant on Facebook has gone bananas. MSN News on March 28 carried an article from Time, stating: “Common Core, this is not your week. First you get publicly dumped by the entire state of Indiana, then a dad with an engineering degree calls your math strategy ‘ridiculous’ in a viral Facebook post.”
The convoluted Common Core problem that Severt and his second-grade son faced was this:
Jack used the number line below to solve 447 – 316. Find his error. Then write a letter to Jack telling him what he did right, and what he should do to fix his mistake.
The number line shows 427, and then counting to the left, breaks down the line into intervals of 100 and then into smaller, confusing points on the number line where values have to be assigned. And then a letter has to be written to top it off?
Severt expressed the frustration of the nation when he wrote:
Don’t feel bad. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical 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, simplification is valued over complication.
427 – 316: 111
The answer is solved in under 5 seconds – 111. The process used is ridiculous and would result in termination if used.
Severt’s Facebook post is resonating with baffled parents across America and a story about the frustrated father on The Blaze has been shared nearly 62,000 times since last Monday.
Severt was a guest on conservative Glenn Beck’s television show last week, where he said it’s not just the parents that are perplexed – it’s also the teachers who are tasked with trying to explain the befuddling standards.
“The teachers are caught up in this themselves,” Severt said. “They are more frustrated than the parents!”
When asked how his son’s teacher responded to Severt’s homework reply, Jeff said she thought his message was “great” and, in fact, “totally agrees” with him and other parents.
“The Common Core reading and math curriculum, developed to get U.S. students ready for college and their careers, has come under fire by conservatives and states that don’t want to adopt the standards. On Monday, Indiana was the first state to completely eliminate the standards from the state’s curriculum, reported by The Indianapolis Star.”
Indiana governor Mike Pence said his state’s move to dump Common Core will pave the way for others to do so as well.
“I believe when we reach the end of this process there are going to be many other states around the county that will take a hard look at the way Indiana has taken a step back, designed our own standards, and done it in a way where we drew on educators, we drew on citizens and parents, and developed standards that meet the needs of our people,” Pence said.
Common Core was adopted in 2009 in a collaboration between the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.
As a parent, I cannot tell you how many times we have sat, and stared, and puzzled, and Googled our 4th grader's Common Core math work. So on behalf of all parents made nutty over Common Core, we thank you Jeff Severt.
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