3 Examples That Show How Common Core Is Destroying Math Education In America

Whenever you let federal bureaucrats get their hands on anything they are probably going to ruin it.  During the Obama administration, the Department of Education spearheaded a transformation of American education that was absolutely breathtaking.  Over a period of about five years, Common Core standards were implemented in almost every state in the entire nation.  Unfortunately, this has resulted in a huge step backward for public education in this country.  Common Core has been called “state-sponsored child abuse”, and it is a big reason why U.S. students are scoring so poorly on standardized tests compared to much of the rest of the world.

According to Wikipedia, at one point 46 states had adopted Common Core, but now some states are having second thoughts…

46 states initially adopted the Common Core State Standards, although implementation has not been uniform. At least 12 states have introduced legislation to repeal the standards outright,[1] and Indiana has since withdrawn from the standards.

Sadly, many parents don’t even understand how dramatically our system of education has been tampered with.  In her book entitled The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids, Joy Pullmann exposes how the Gates Foundation has been one of the key players in the effort to get Common Core introduced into classrooms all over America…

Organized in seven chapters, her book describes how the Gates Foundation promoted and continues to promote one extremely wealthy couple’s uninformed, unsupported, and unsupportable ideas on education for other people’s children while their own children are enrolled in a non-Common Cored private school. It explains how (but not exactly why) the Gates Foundation helped to centralize control of public education in the U.S. Department of Education. It also explains why parents, teachers, local school boards, and state legislators were the last to learn how the public schools their local and state taxes supported had been nationalized without Congressional knowledge or permission; and why they were expected to believe that their local public schools were now accountable for what and how they teach … not to the local and state taxpayers who fund them or to locally-elected school boards that by law are still supposed to set education policies not already determined by their state legislature … but to a distant bureaucracy in exchange for money to their state department of education to close “achievement gaps” between unspecified groups.

But this isn’t just an issue about control.  The truth is that the approach to teaching basic fundamentals such as how to add and how to subtract is fundamentally different under Common Core.

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Let me share just three examples that show how much Common Core is changing the way that U.S. students learn math.  All of these examples have been floating around Facebook, and if you have never seen these before they are likely to make you quite angry.

If I asked you to subtract 12 from 32, how would you do it?  Well, the “new way” is much, much more complicated than how we were all taught to do it…

If that first one seemed bizarre to you, than you really aren’t going to like this one…

And this last one was so confusing that a parent with a degree in engineering decided to include his own commentary on his child’s homework…

How are kids supposed to function in the real world if this is how they are learning to do basic math?

Personally, I am going to teach my daughter that 9 + 6 equals 15.  But that isn’t how it is supposed to be done under Common Core.  You can watch a video of a teacher explaining the very convoluted Common Core way to solve that math equation right here.

And of course it isn’t just math that is the problem.  Common Core is systematically “dumbing down” our young people, and that may help to explain why the average U.S. college freshman now reads at a seventh grade level.

So what is the answer?

The first step in fixing our education system is to repeal Common Core.  But even in red states such as Idaho there is a lot of resistance

Since their inception, the Idaho Core Standards have been enmeshed in controversy.

Some legislators and citizens have pushed for a repeal of the Idaho Core Standards, the state’s version of Common Core standards in math and English language arts. Those repeal efforts have gone nowhere in the Legislature.

I don’t know what is wrong with our legislators.  The Republicans have full control in this state, and so there is absolutely no excuse for not getting something done.

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As I end this article, I want to give you an idea of just how far the quality of education in America has fallen over the past 100 years.  In Kentucky, an eighth grade exam from 1912 made a lot of headlines when it was donated to the Bullitt County History Museum.  As you can see, it is doubtful whether many of our college students would be able to pass such an exam today…

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  • woeisi

    All of you know what is happening. What are you doing about it? Demand what you want for your children. Protest your local schools and school committees. Run for office. Action is needed now.

  • clarioncaller

    Common Core is not an educational process. It is ALL about mind control. There are just as many Republicans as there are Dem’s who support this garbage because it is a UN NWO program.

  • Once Called “Ice”

    All of my kids could add and subtract any number(s) by the time they were finished grade one.

    I taught all of my kids the times tables to 12 times 12 the summer before they entered grade two.

    It is pure memorization.

    They then learned how to divide all those numbers.

    I made it fun and they laughed while they did it.

    Today they thank me.

    Funny enough, I went to a one room school house and that is how I learned.

    And those one room school houses existed in some parts of the world until well in to the 1980’s.

    All of the kids could do serious math in their heads by the time they left to go to high school.

    Ask any kid on the street this question:

    What is 6 x 8 divided by 4?

    If they cannot do it in under 5 seconds and using only their brain they need math tutoring.

    NOW!!

    As a fighter pilot in the Air Force I could not write basic math on a piece of paper and estimate the answer – I needed the no schitte right answer and I needed it now.

    I still bless those old geezers that taught us in those old style schools – they knew their stuff and we learned it.

    I have little respect for the modern teacher – which is why home schooling is booming in North America. Parents know the truth of what I have written.

  • lloyd Lisco

    Todays public schools destroy commen sense and reasoning in their students, Leading to more Liberal idiots walking the streets of America.

  • MrDoug Wants law and order🇺🇸

    commie core .. President trump why dont you kill it ?????

  • rueangel

    I’m sure that this,..’new’,.. way of doing math has something to do with the fact that Blacks cannot handle numbers.

    Which only goes to prove that Blacks & Whites should not be in the same schools,..Much less in the same classroom.

    Nor in the same Zip Code for that matter

  • RockyMtn1776

    Not only math skills. Common Core destroys everything it touches. It is doing exactly what it was designed to do. Destroy America slowly, effectively and permanently.

  • John Velisek
  • Obi Sean

    What common core could also be doing, whether its creators know it or not, is inspiring rebellion and teaching children to reject authority and think for themselves. When you KNOW it can be done a simpler, easier and quicker way, but those in authority want it done in a convoluted manner just because, then you begin to reject authority and think for yourself. Teacher ain’t always right!

  • ScienceABC123

    Common core math methods if used to go to the market would require you travel around the world to avoid taking the direct path.

    Plainly put… Common core math methods have no real world application.

  • Jerry Mael

    Idiocracy arriving soon!

  • lloyd Lisco

    Teaching Confusion.

    • Ann Tenna

      gummins indoctrination camps need to be DISBANDED,,and given back to the local communities… bet if they had to pay for their own kids education….. that will make amerikka GREAT AGAIN!.

  • Shirley

    You definitely cannot do simple math in your head with this stupid method. I would love to talk to the stupid idiots who came up with this method. Anything to destroy our children.

    • Ann Tenna

      Very Good, Shirley… you hit the nail right on the head!!

  • Junior1950

    The COMMON CORE method of doing SIMPLE ARITHMETIC is so convoluted that even I don’t understand it, and I was educated the “old fashioned way” 61 years ago when I was in the first grade, using popsicle sticks to figure out simple adding and subtraction!! Of course, after the basics were taught, one no longer needed the “aid” of the popsicle sticks, and one was able to figure out simple arithmetic in their heads, or with pencil and paper (Example(s): 6,913-596=6,317, or, 6,317+596=6,913) if the problem was too complicated to figure out in their heads. Now, there are people out there who would be able to figure out the example(s) I just gave in their heads, unfortunately, I am one of the ones who need pencil and paper to figure out my example(s). None the less, I can figure out the answer to my example(s) without going through the complicated, ridiculous, convoluted, and DOWNRIGHT STUPID COMMON CORE METHOD that would be required that would take several minutes to get a correct (incorrect??) answer that would only take a matter of mere seconds to obtain the CORRECT ANSWER using the “old fashioned” method that I was taught so many years ago!! No wonder we are raising a nation of MORONS with NO COMMON SENSE!!!!!!!!!!