Common Core math is ridiculous
Townhall – Christine Rousselle – 10/4/2013
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?
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.
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READER COMMENT: THIS stuff is put forth by the same people who are opposed to home schooling? No freaking wonder! The low performing home schooled kid would run mathematical rings around a government school genius. Keep it up liberals. American still has a little ways to go to get the the bottom of the global educational standings list. But hey.... with more brilliant stuff like this.... I'm confident you can get us there!
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