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Frustrated dad writes a check to his child’s school using Common Core math

An Ohio dad has taken trolling CC proponents to a new level.

The Common Core math method is now being implemented in 46 states, which means there are millions of parents and children head-desking themselves over why tried-and-true methods are being replaced with overcomplicated new standards.

If you feel alone in your frustration, stories on social media about parents lashing out at CC are everywhere. Adults having to learn a whole different approach to concepts they’ve taken for granted their whole lives has led to some pretty creative protests.

This post from a frustrated parent on Reddit earlier this year brings to mind the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.”

Now, an Ohio dad has taken trolling CC proponents to a new level. On a donation check he wrote to his child’s school, he used Common Core longform standards to indicate the dollar amount.

Melridge Elementary had better hope someone at the bank understands Common Core.

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  1. Miles

    September 19, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I don’t understand the issue. Jack answered 121. He forgot to subtract 10. Your answer shows that. Not complicated.

  2. Paul G

    September 19, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Did you really intend to publish is name and home address? Egad!

  3. JaneInMaine ~ Originals ~

    September 20, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I guess Dad’s not ready for Base 8 no techy there.

  4. basicpract

    September 21, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Every time I read these, I lament how foolish these parents are (and how little they understand the math that they learned).

    Common Core is 1) not replacing the “traditional” method, but is offering different ways to understand math.

    The idea of figuring out how many 100s, 10s, and 1s something is away from another number *is* what column math is, but it explains why.

    Also, no one uses column subtraction to figure out how long they have to wait for there 1:17 flight if it is currently 11:39.
    You know it is 21 minutes to noon, one hour to one, and 17 minute after that, so an hour 38 minutes.

  5. Math Teacher Jen

    September 21, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I completely agree, basicpract! While I appreciate the use of the ten frame, he clearly doesn’t understand it and is confused about place value. Apparently he was taught to do a procedure without the understanding of why it works.

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