# Read Parent's Facebook Response to 'Ridiculous' Common Core Math Homework

** **Facebook/The Patriot PostA Facebook update from a father frustrated with the Common Core math program at his son's school is making the Internet rounds after the father Jeff Severt expressed (via what looks like a kid's homework assignment) how convoluted the teaching approach is.

The worksheet posted to Facebook shows the elaborate Common Core (CC) formula for solving a math problem (as opposed to the simple strategy of subtracting the smaller number from the larger one). It 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.”

Severt's response reads,

*“Dear Jack, Don’t feel bad. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering, which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications. Even I cannot explain the Common Core mathematics approach, nor get the answer correct. In the real world, simplification is valued over complication. Therefore, 427 - 316 = 111. The answer is solved in under 5 seconds*

*— 111. The process used is ridiculous and would result in termination if used. Sincerely, Frustrated Parent.”*

The Facebook post (which by Tuesday had generated 4,400 likes, 4,300 shares, and 700 comments debating the issue) coincides with news that on Monday, Indiana became the first state to formally withdraw from the Common Core standards.

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**Way to go Indiana!**

**Anonymous 2**on Mar. 26, 2014 at 2:22 AM

I don't understand why it's so hard to figure out. Complicated as hell, yeah; impossible to solve? No.

But, before someone jumps down my throat, yes, number lines are ridiculous and shouldn't be required.

The whole thing is ridiculous...this is NOT common core!! CC is a set of standards that the children have to know before advancing the the next grade..it is NOT curriculum.

This looks like either Everday Math or Saxon Math to me...THOSE are CURRICULUMS for math. It has nothing to do with CC at all. The parents might not like the curriculum, but this type of math has been taught for many years...long before the CC standards emerged.

Claire

" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

I feel like we as parents need to go back to school to be taught how do help w homework time!

Quoting Anonymous: ...Jack forgot an arc. That's all he did wrong. He subtracted 306 instead of 316. He needed to jump to 117 from 127 before jumping to the single six.

I don't understand why it's so hard to figure out. Complicated as hell, yeah; impossible to solve? No.

But, before someone jumps down my throat, yes, number lines are ridiculous and shouldn't be required.

Yes. Crash course in math. I hate common core

Quoting halleys_mommy_1: I have no idea what you just said. I feel like we as parents need to go back to school to be taught how do help w homework time!Quoting Anonymous: ...Jack forgot an arc. That's all he did wrong. He subtracted 306 instead of 316. He needed to jump to 117 from 127 before jumping to the single six. I don't understand why it's so hard to figure out. Complicated as hell, yeah; impossible to solve? No. But, before someone jumps down my throat, yes, number lines are ridiculous and shouldn't be required.

Quoting mcginnisc:The whole thing is ridiculous...this is NOT common core!! CC is a set of standards that the children have to know before advancing the the next grade..it is NOT curriculum.

This looks like either Everday Math or Saxon Math to me...THOSE are CURRICULUMS for math. It has nothing to do with CC at all. The parents might not like the curriculum, but this type of math has been taught for many years...long before the CC standards emerged.

Thank you! People just get on the "Let's Hate on Things Without Understanding Them" bandwagon and it's annoying.

This picture also makes me very sad the people don't know how to use a number line. It's not rocket science.

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- JustMeKat

on Mar. 26, 2014 at 2:13 AM