No, this is not one of those “Jay Walking” or Mark Dice videos that expose the ignorance of your average adult American. No, no – quite the opposite.
This is what happened when Caleb Bonham asked George Mason University students and teachers to solve the simple equation above:
Did you follow the sequence in this nearly 10-step problem? Did it make sense and would you be able to solve? But this is exactly the way that many elementary schools students are expected to solve a simple subtraction that many adults can do in their heads within seconds.
Comedian Louis C.K. made headlines recently with his Tweets about Common Core. He brought the conversation into the mainstream arena after stating that his daughters used to like math, but Common Core curriculum made them cry. It’s not the first instance of a child crying during homework, as you might imagine.
Did you know that the major college tests like the SAT are now aligned with Common Core?
But how can this be when students now entering college have not even had a Common Core education?
“That’s just too bad” is the general response for their inevitable failure.
If there is anything you watch this week, please let it be this video with Dr. Duke Pesta. There is also testimony from a psychotherapist towards the end, explaining how her office suddenly exploded with children and teens under post traumatic stress from Common Core and standardized tests.
To me, this has been the greatest Common Core expose yet. It will truly answer the questions of its origins, its future direction and what can be done.
A few books on Common Core:
- Children of the Core
- The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core
- Uncommon: The Grassroots Movement to Save Our Children and Their Schools
- How to Stop Common Core 2nd Edition: A Step-by-Step Kit for Stopping Common Core at the Local Level
- Common Core And The Truth: A Parent’s Journey into the Heart of the Core
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