You Won’t Believe The Method That Common Core Is Using To Teach Our Kids Subtraction

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The dumbing down of America is accelerating.  A massive federal takeover of education known as “Common Core” is attempting to impose nationwide academic standards on public schools throughout the entire country.  Thanks to the backing of billionaire Bill Gates, endless promotion by the U.S. Department of Education, and financial bribes to state governments by the Obama administration, 45 states and Washington, D.C. have already agreed to implement the full Common Core standards in their schools.  Unfortunately, these “standards” are doing to public education what Obamacare is doing to our health care system – absolutely ruining it.  Just look at how basic math instruction has changed.  Posted below is a comparison between the “old method” of subtraction and the “new method” of subtraction being taught in many of our schools.  When I first came across this on Facebook, I thought that it was a joke…

Common Core Subtraction

I thought that there was no possible way that this could be real.  I really thought that this must have come from some sort of parody website.

But it is actually true.

Here is another example of this.  The following is an incredibly bizarre Common Core math problem and the response by one very frustrated parent that has gone viral all over the Internet recently…

Common Core Math Problem

The frustration being experienced by that parent is quite understandable.  When I first looked at that math question, I could almost feel myself getting dumber while I read it.

Is this kind of “math” really preparing our kids for the real world?

I think not.

But these are the kinds of questions that textbook writers come up with as they attempt to implement the standards of Common Core

The question appears to be aiming for several of the main Common Core math standards for second grade:

1) A requirement that students understand place value, for instance, that “100 can be thought of as a bundle of ten tens — called a ‘hundred.’”

2) That students be able to “add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value … and relate the strategy to a written method.” Also that they “understand that in adding or subtracting three-digit numbers, one adds or subtracts hundreds and hundreds, tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose or decompose tens or hundreds.”

3) That they can “explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations.”

4) And that they can “represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0, 1, 2, …, and represent whole-number sums and differences within 100 on a number line diagram.”

Here is another example of some Common Core math…

Common Core Math


Are you kidding me?

Why make things so convoluted?

Are they actually trying to make our kids hate math more than they already do?

And old terms such as “add” and “subtract” are out.  As you can see from the “Common Core – Parent Cheat Sheet” posted below, our kids are now learning how to “increase” and “decrease”…

Common Core Letter

And of course Common Core is not just messing with math.

Just check out the 4th grade homework assignment posted below…

Common Core 4th Grade Assignment

If you cannot read what it says in the picture, here is a transcript of the text…

Ruby sat on the bed she shared with her husband holding a hairclip. There was something mysterious and powerful about the cheaply manufactured neon clip that she was fondling suspiciously. She didn’t recognize the hairclip. It was too big to be their daughter’s, and Ruby was sure that it wasn’t hers. She hadn’t had friends over in weeks, but here was this hairclip, little and green with a few long black hair strands caught in it. Ruby ran her fingers through her own blonde hair. She had just been vacuuming when she noticed this small, bright green object under the bed. Now their life would never be the same. She would wait here until Mike returned home.

Why is Ruby so affected by the hairclip?

How has the hairclip affected Ruby’s relationship?

From where did the hairclip most likely come?

Why in the world are 4th grade students being taught lessons about husbands cheating on their wives?

Is this appropriate?

Unfortunately, this kind of inappropriate material can be found throughout Common Core-based textbooks all over the country.

Those promoting Common Core have gone to great lengths to make it appear that teachers, parents and students are embracing these new standards, but as Alex Newman recently detailed, that is not the case at all.  In fact, there has been a huge backlash against Common Core even in bastions of liberalism such as New York…

While the Big Business front group has been producing ads purporting to show that “teachers” support the standards, that lie is easily put to rest by witnessing the revolt among teachers in New York, where the Common Core roll-out has advanced faster than in other states. There, the board of the state teachers union voted unanimously against Common Core as it has been implemented so far. New York State Assemblyman Al Graf, a member of the Assembly Education Committee with a degree in education, even told The New American that the controversial standards represent “state-sponsored child abuse.” Even the governor in the establishment stronghold has been forced to retreat slightly on Common Core in the face of the public uprising. Opponents of the education takeover say this is just the start.

We live at a time when Americans have already become incredibly dumbed down.

Do we really want to sink even lower?

Posted below is stunning video of an Illinois Curriculum Director explaining that under Common Core, it is okay for children to say that “three times four equals eleven” as long as they can give the reasons for their answer…

What will our country look like if this insanity is allowed to continue?

At this point, only 43 percent of all Americans aged 18 to 24 can correctly point out the state of Ohio on a map of the United States.

How much dumber can we get and still survive as a nation?

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  • Joe2D2

    I’ve heard it argued that this horrendous bullshit is supposed to teach critical thinking. When I look at this hocus fucking pocus all I see is confusing horseshit. You want critical thinking, stick to the traditional mathematics assholes. Anyone that has ever taken higher maths of the past knows about the critical thinking involved in a complex Algebra II word problem or a Statistical Calculus word problem. This shit above will lead students into a confusing place where they will never understand higher math.

    As for Kommie Kore, the ringleaders should be arrested and tried for crimes against humanity. This deliberate manipulation and conditioning of youthful minds harms us all. As we descend deeper into the land of Idiocracy, are we all not harmed by this? Hang em high goddammit.

    • akulkis

      I think said trial should be like what the Ceacescaus in Romania had — one with the execution squad wating outside the back door.

  • ukmathteacher

    This is always the way it has been taught in the uk. Are you really losing your shit over such a tiny change. Get some perspective.

    • Nexusfast123

      I grew up and was educated in the UK. This is rubbish stuff and makes the UK educational system just as dumb. This will breed a generation of dullards.

    • Ken, Megapolis

      I am sick of the hoax imposters who keep coming on this website. But thankfully you never hear from them again. Yesterday a (hoax) military policeman, now a maths teacher. And yes I can fully document my education to Master’s level. Get a life you moron or no, better still, get a new job as a politician.
      Mathematics needs you not.

      • Tyrelle Apuusa

        You can fully document your master’s level, but make the word math plural?

        • Nick Rowley

          Math = US shortening of Mathematics.
          Maths = UK shortening of Mathematics.

          • Tyrelle Apuusa

            That’s just sillies

          • Nick Rowley

            That’s English for you. It does allow for many many shibboleth though; so you can have some idea where a person is frim without listening to them speak.

          • Tyrelle Apuusa

            Agreed, English is incredibly difficult if it isn’t your native language.

          • Nick Rowley

            Oh yes, it’s almost entirely free form, it’s certainly protean and endlessly assimilative, this gives it great vitality but also makes it confusing to people used to more rigidity in the language they speak

    • the uk is 100% slaves

      • Ken, Megapolis

        Don’t worry Tim I’ve already clocked this useless maths teacher’s IP address. The only problem now is I cannot decide who to call next:- Muslims, Gypsies, my Employers, Police, my Grandmother, a couple of shaved head jack boot types from the local pub etc.
        Any ideas?

        • Call Cliven Bundy, at least he can count cattle, minus the ones the puke gov’t eliminated

        • Tyrelle Apuusa

          How exactly does one “clock” someone else’s IP address? Can you do this to me? That would be impressive.

          • Tyrelle Apuusa

            Guess it’s not worth it to “clock” my IP?

  • CharlesH

    When 4 x 3 does equal 12 – why do I have to explain that or how I came to that conclusion? Really? Maybe they can just ask WHOEVER invented MATHEMATICS – not a 4th grader. Please.

  • LexiconD1

    Are they trying to confuse kids, so when they steal their tax dollars (if they’re smart enough to get a job…debatable after reading this article), they wont know it?

    I.E. fuzzy math?…

  • efmbman

    First of all, I am not a fan of Common Core. I have signed numerous petitions to repeal the use of Common Core in our schools. It is a poor way to teach our children. That being said, we (those that oppose Common Core) should not turn our objections into false statements. Case in point from the article above:

    “And old terms such as “add” and “subtract” are out.” False, as can be clearly seen on the picture right under this claim. The Parent Cheat Sheet documents that “we do still use add/subtract/less than/more than” but it is interchanged with new terminology.
    If we want the powers that be to listen and hear our objections, we should not have to invent false claims to make our case. Stick to the facts about Common Core – this system of teaching is ripe with plenty of examples of why it is a poor way to teach.

  • I worked with my step-daughter a few years ago with her math problems and I couldn’t get it. And I passed college algebra with no problem.

  • maddog909

    How can they even defend this garbage? Is there not even one little speck of common sense left in our educational system?

    • frankenbiker

      Short answer, NO.

    • akulkis

      Sending your kid to public schools is child abuse. Either home school them, or don’t have any.

  • HOME SCHOOL , DEREGISTER FROM YOUR SLAVE STATUS WHILE U R AT IT,,,CLAIm YOur KiDs BacK so’s the fake gov’t kaint a steel um anymore…remove all fake gov’t control of your ‘sexual commerce’ as they label it.

  • OldPoorRichard

    That entire rant was a waste of breath. There’s a very good reason to teach math with these complex ways: to make every kid understand numbers inside out and upside down and every which way. It’s really easy to teach the short cut (mis-labeled “the old way”), and kids in schools using Common Core eventually do learn “the old way,” but first they’re taught a whole bunch of hard ways that trains their brains to understand complex algorithms.

    The question asking ‘what did Jack do wrong’ on the number line is much more challenging than asking “what’s 427 minus 316.” Anybody can answer the latter, but only people who’ve mastered the concept can answer the former. I’m also an electrical engineer, but I’m not baffled by the question, and I believe it’s A GIVEN that Frustrated Parent’s child is going to be able to subtract two numbers. I want to know whether the kid can dive into somebody else’s work and figure out how they fouled it up. Something that electrical engineers often have to do, by the way. Frustrated Parent is really Ignorant Parent.

    Common Core math isn’t easy, it’s hard. So hard that teachers have trouble teaching it and parents have trouble following it. Time to ditch the teachers who can’t handle teaching hard math, and shrug at parents who can’t figure out Common Core methods… sorry you don’t get it, but your kids will. The jury is out right now, but I think the result will be that more kids will take “advanced” math in middle and high school.

    • Nexusfast123

      You live in la la land. Subtracting one number from another is just that. Changing the language describing the act is an utterly pointless exercise.

      The fact is that 12 minus 6 is still 6 no matter what the sodding language you use. This is complexity for no benefit and it is NOT advanced. Pure and Applied math at Uni level is advanced.

  • Nexusfast123

    God does not exist. Like all things religion is a human construct and not of some superior sky being. Big rock hits Earth. What do you think happens to religions? They cease to exist.

    • God hates religions

    • akulkis

      Math will still exist. Math is timeless, therefore, it will always exist. All we do is discover its properties and document them.

  • Nexusfast123

    Would not be so smug as you are going down the same path.

  • Ken, Megapolis

    Here, I’m angry now. I’m in Bristol and I want to drive to London. What do I do? I turn EAST on the M4 and I should be there in an hour or 2.
    This ‘Nu math’ is the equivalent of turning 1st WEST, going across the Severn Bridge and paying a freaky toll, entering Cardiff before turning back round and heading for London.
    The ELEGANT SOLUTION is ALWAYS that which takes the SHORTEST DISTANCE between 2 points.
    So help me God.

  • Cathy Young

    I have enough trouble with math. This crap would have made me want to kill my teacher

  • Nexusfast123

    You are already down that path. The policies of the last 30 years or so have seen to that.

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  • OldPoorRichard

    Your experience is much more in depth than I imagined. Nothing exposes the utility of a teaching method better than a before and after comparison. There’s no way to refute that. I’m pleased with my daughter’s performance using the new common core methods, but it could be that she’s behind where she could be with the former technique. As of now, our kids have to take more tests, because common core exams added to rather than replaced the former tests. Parents and educators will be up in arms if Common Core reduces year-over-year test results on the old tests.

  • akulkis

    Discrete mathematics is no joke. ALL of our digital communications rely on it. Error-detectin and correcting codes, for example — without them, disk drives wouldn’t even be practical, let alone at the insanely high densities of 1 Gigabit/square inch which we currently enjoy. Nor would long-distance digital communication.

    That being said, Discrete Mathematics is NOT appropriate at the high school level… yes, you would have been better off taking Trig.

    As for your complaint about Discrete Math being logic based… you gotta problem with logic ??? what in the hell do you think provides the operationg principles for THE INTERNET AND EVERY DIGITAL COMPUTER AND MODERN CELL PHONE ON THE PLANET.

    Crying about logic…. booo f-ing hoo hoo hoo. Grow up.