My oldest child isn't in elementary school yet, but I'm starting to hear lots of rumblings about Common Core math. The latest is a frustrated father who posted a subtraction problem from his second-grade son's math quiz on Facebook this week with a note to the teacher calling it ridiculous.
The worksheet shows a complex Common Core formula for solving a math problem as opposed to just subtracting the small number from the larger one. The worksheet instructs the student to explain why a fictional kid named "Jack" should be using common core strategies to solve the problem: "Jack used the number line below to solve 427 - 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."
Jeff Severt's reponse:
"Dear Jack, Don't feelRead More »from Common Core: Why Are They Making Math Harder?