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# Obama math: Under new Common Core, 3 x 4 = 11 [VIDEO]

Posted by on Aug. 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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By Eric Owens 11:09 AM 08/18/2013

Quick: what’s 3 x 4?

If you said 11 — or, hell, if you said 7, pi, or infinity squared — that’s just fine under the Common Core, the new national curriculum that the Obama administration will impose on American public school students this fall.

In a pretty amazing YouTube video, Amanda August, a curriculum coordinator in a suburb of Chicago called Grayslake, explains that getting the right answer in math just doesn’t matter as long as kids can explain the necessarily faulty reasoning they used to get to that wrong answer.

“Even if they said, ’3 x 4 was 11,’ if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer really in, umm, words and oral explanation, and they showed it in the picture but they just got the final number wrong, we’re really more focused on the how,” August says in the video.

When someone in the audience (presumably a parent, but it’s not certain) asks if teachers will be, you know, correcting students who don’t know rudimentary arithmetic instantly, August makes another meandering, longwinded statement.

“We want our students to compute correctly but the emphasis is really moving more towards the explanation, and the how, and the why, and ‘can I really talk through the procedures that I went through to get this answer,’” August details. “And not just knowing that it’s 12, but why is it 12? How do I know that?”

Watch:

by on Aug. 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Crap - I always thought 3 x 4 = 12.

by Bronze Member on Aug. 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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wonderful..

I find it to be very important for my children to get the process AND the right answer.

by on Aug. 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM
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I am soooooo against this! This is a frickin joke!
by Gold Member on Aug. 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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That explanation had me confused.  Can you imagine what it will do to a child that is in the learning process?

by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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Can you imagine this teaching method giving us our engineers and scientists and mathematicians??

If that happened, one group on a project using metric measurements and the other using English, would be the least of our worries.

Quoting JanuaryBaby06:

I am soooooo against this! This is a frickin joke!

by Gold Member on Aug. 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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I guess that's what some teachers mean by "new math".

by Gold Member on Aug. 19, 2013 at 11:23 PM

did ANYONE in the meeting object?

by Tess on Aug. 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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Smh.. Like I said, common core is going to make kids into stupid robots..
by Rene on Aug. 19, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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If you can find it somewhere else I may take it more seriously but that site reads like a tabloid.

by on Aug. 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

“Even if they said, ’3 x 4 was 11,’ if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer really in, umm, words and oral explanation, and they showed it in the picture but they just got the final number wrong, we’re really more focused on the how,” August says in the video.

Really?..that gives a whole new meaning for kids wanting to grow up to be brain surgeons, pilots, architects, etc.

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