Common Core Math is Ridiculous

Town Hall – by Christine Rousselle

Quick! What’s 15-7?

While obviously the answer is eight, new Common Core textbooks have a rather confusing way of getting there. According to the textbook, students should employ “subtraction sequences” based off of 10 in order to find the answer.

While C is the correct answer, it is confusing why the textbook is making something relatively simple into something far more challenging.

Common Core is a new set of education standards that have been adopted by most states.

Addition is given the same treatment as subtraction: apparently in Common Core land, numbers after 10 do not matter.

Other Common Core math questions are just plain confusing. Take for instance this sample question from a New York State exam for third graders:

There were 54 apples set aside as a snack for 3 classes of students. The teachers divided up the apples and placed equal amounts on 9 separate trays. If each of the 3 classes received the same number of trays, how many apples did each class get?

A) 2

B) 6C) 18

D) 27

While the answer is C, I fail to comprehend why the second sentence was added to the problem. The problem is asking, in plain, non-apple terms, 54 divided by three. There was no reason to mention nine trays, or equal amounts of apples on each tray. The question is designed to frustrate and confuse third graders, and this cannot be helpful in the long run. Do we want our third graders to hate math?

Meanwhile, the United States continues to lag in math competency.

While math was never really my strongest subject, I had a pretty strong grasp on basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Now I’m thanking my lucky stars that I learned math in the pre-Common Core era.

7 thoughts on “Common Core Math is Ridiculous

  1. I have NO idea what the hell these math questions are asking and why they are asking them nor what their answers could possibly be. Who in the hell writes this shit? It makes NO SENSE!

    (By the way, I was referring to just the first and second questions. The last one made somewhat sense, but the author is right. Who the hell needs that second sentence?)

  2. Here’s a problem for ya teacher.
    Q- What’s 300 million -536?
    A- A good start.

    *extra credit if you used the 2nd amendment to subtract the 536.

  3. Does anyone know if Texas is using Common Core? For my daughter’s sake (she is going to be an elementary teacher, hopefully overseas teaching English, but wants to teach here first), hopefully not. I cannot imagine her using these techniques. BTW, she was home schooled.

    1. Go out on the web ask this question “What are the states that have passed Common Core?” or “What are the states that have rejected Common Core?” You will have your answer.

    2. DL., there is no such thing as a legitimate education these days. (except for homeschooling).

      Schools are nothing more than indoctrination centers.

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