Common Core – The Death Of Math As We Know It (And Not In A Good Way)

5 Sep

“Daddy, I need your help,” the 7 year old says to me.

“Sure honey…with what?” I respond.

“Homework. Math. I don’t understand it.”

Second grade math. Easy. Addition. Subtraction. Piece. Of. Cake. Now is my chance to look like a Super Hero! Captain Mathman! Super Subtraction-man! The Great Additionanator!

With great pride and bravado I say, “Let’s see what we got going on here. Show me the problem.”

She walks the computer over and stops with a jolt. It’s still plugged into the wall.

Cute.

Warning:

That is the very last cute thing of this horrible tale you will read. Proceed at your own risk of hair and brain cell loss.

The 7 year old is frustrated.

“I don’t understand this problem,” she says all cute and doey eyed.

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7 Responses to “Common Core – The Death Of Math As We Know It (And Not In A Good Way)”

  1. rayworth1973 September 6, 2014 at 10:14 AM #

    Holy crap! My grandson is home schooled and luckily, though there is some of that crap, we still teach him the old way. Old school hockey! Puttin’ on the foil, every game! They use the blocks of ten for multiplication and some of that to make things visual, but still keep things simple also. Whew! My daughter does a great job. I feel your pain (in my best Bill Clinton voice).

    • Christopher De Voss September 6, 2014 at 10:18 AM #

      Simple is better. Straight forward. No need to complicate things. All hail the chief!

  2. David Stewart October 9, 2014 at 10:59 PM #

    Chris, how’s it been going lately? I’ve missed reading your posts, although we’re all entitled to a break. Anyway, just saying hi and I hope all is well.
    -David

    • Christopher De Voss October 9, 2014 at 11:13 PM #

      Everything is good. I’m over at longawkwardpause.com now. You should do a guest post!

      • David Stewart October 10, 2014 at 12:19 AM #

        Sure! Let me know what sort of topic.

  3. Russel Ray Photos November 3, 2014 at 3:15 PM #

    I see this is your most recent post. Hope all is well with you and yours.

    • Christopher De Voss November 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM #

      Yes. Thank you. I’m at longawkwardpause.com mostly now. How’s you?

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