Michelle Malkin: My child’s Common Core-aligned Algebra book is crap

Textbook giant Houghton-Mifflin has aligned its math books with federal “Common Core” standards. The books are selling well even though, as Twitchy founder/CEO Michelle Malkin demonstrated today, they are replete with jargon and mistakes.

To get a flavor of what the books are like, a good place to start is the publisher’s website:

common-core-typos

Even a math teacher wasn’t able to decipher Houghton Mifflin’s gibberish:

Punctuation and spelling errors on the website are easy to fix, and Houghton Mifflin was quick to assure Malkin that it will do so:

But Malkin was just getting started. It turns out that Malkin’s 7th-grade daughter is using Houghton Mifflin’s slickly-produced Algebra 1 textbook, which contains even more jargon and errors than Houghton Mifflin’s website.

Yes, the textbook authors misspelled the word “principal.”

Malkin was careful to distinguish between the old Saxon books, which were excellent, and the new version published by Houghton Mifflin in 2009 (more than a decade after John Saxon’s death):

This is what the new book, which is crap, looks like:

Saxon Algebra 1

This is what the old book, which is outstanding, looks like:

algebra 1

Houghton Mifflin offered Malkin the opportunity to discuss the matter further, but has yet to acknowledge any of the errors Malkin documented:

Related:

Michelle Malkin, “Fuzzy math: A nationwide epidemic

Michelle Malkin, “Everyday Math = junk

Michelle Malkin, “Jaime Escalante, R.I.P.

Michelle Malkin, “Why Johnny can’t do math (Update: or English.)

  • Kevin Gallagher

    I have to correct my daughter’s 2nd grade teacher all the time when it comes to math. It’s ridiculous.

    • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

      Second grade??? YIKES! O.o

    • kimisclassy

      I just had to do the same with my son’s second grade teacher…of the 10 problems she marked wrong, actually only 4 were wrong.

    • Indiana Mom

      Me too! I send things back to school corrected all the time and you know what her answer has been? “It wasn’t for a grade so it doesn’t matter.” Are you kidding me??

      • Frustrated Teacher

        This is creeping like gangrene through the school system. It amazes me how surprised my students are when I mark things wrong…they think that just because they filled in the blank with a random word they conjured up that they should get it right. This is what you get when you pay MUCH less than a job is worth. DUH!

        • http://www.facebook.com/lance.corder Lance Corder

          It’s also what happens when people major in education to get a teaching job because of the schedule.

        • Indiana Mom

          I have no problem with her making a mistake in grading. We’re all human. But to respond that it doesn’t matter because it wasn’t for a grade sends the wrong message.

          • Frustrated Teacher

            There are also a LOT of wrong messages in education. Like, if you don’t do your work, we will allow you to make up for 9 weeks of laziness with 3 weeks of stupid work. Or, if you fail, we will push you up anyways with the misguided hope that you will work HARDER next year, after getting away with NOT working THIS year. Or, if you have a slight learning disability, we will let you get away with a lot more since we can’t punish you the same as ‘normal’ kids…it goes on and on. You would think educators would be more cognizant of the ‘unintentional’ things being taught in education…

      • Frustrated Teacher

        This is creeping like gangrene through the school system. It amazes me how surprised my students are when I mark things wrong…they think that just because they filled in the blank with a random word they conjured up that they should get it right. This is what you get when you pay MUCH less than a job is worth. DUH!

    • Indiana Mom

      Me too! I send things back to school corrected all the time and you know what her answer has been? “It wasn’t for a grade so it doesn’t matter.” Are you kidding me??

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    “@michellemalkin Thank you so much for your input. We would be happy to DM you an email address to discuss further.”

    In other words…. Please quit spankin’ our a$$ in public. AAahahahahahahaha!! XD

    • BlueGood

      And America wonders why so many people vote for Dimocrats???

      Get the Feds OUT of EDUCATION!!!!

      In all fairness America, we too have the very same ‘pwoblem”…working on a new formula to solve…. EVERY FRICKIN’ DAY..Fight the Liberals on land, sea & air!~

      • Richard Dean MacLean

        Common core wasn’t created by the Feds. It was created by cooperating state agencies through the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices. While the NGA does routinely lobby the Feds where issues of education are concerned, they are not part of the Federal government.

        • Frustrated Teacher

          But the Feds are the ones who dangled money in front of the states to lure them into ceding some of their autonomy to the Feds! Hmmmm?

        • Frustrated Teacher

          But the Feds are the ones who dangled money in front of the states to lure them into ceding some of their autonomy to the Feds! Hmmmm?

        • MargaretSwain

          Hmmm really? You need to take a good look at COMMON CORE, I have.

      • Judy B

        The primary function of today’s “educational” system (using the term oh so loosely) IS to dumb down America!

      • http://twitter.com/Sincerly_oo Sincerely —

        Yes, today’s generation thinks spelling and grammar is irrelevant and that math is ambiguous.

        What they are teaching in schools today is just crazy. At a local school board meeting, a teacher got up and said about math, “I don’t care what their answer is as long as they can show me how they got it.” . . . Seriously!

        And I have to wonder if her opinion would be the same if her employer took that approach when figuring her paycheck.

        This is why our country is in such a mess, too many people don’t even understand basic math.

  • Jeffrey Harbin

    “A $10 investment yielding 10% generates $100 in interest in 1 year. Wow!”

    Probably one of those secret investment things only rich guys like Romney know how to do, while “The Man” keeps the rest of us down by only paying us a lousy buck!

    • William J. Miller

      “Madoff Math Made Easy”

    • loveshiandsid

      More like – a secret “investment” only the likes of Hillary Clinton ($100K on a $1K investment in a year) or John Kerry or the Pelosi & Feinsten & McCaskill familes had access to. Oh, but gee, they are Dems, they cannot be rich or illegal in their dealings. What a crock – most of these big-time crony capitalist crooks are Democrats. Shows what you and your ilk – and 90% of the media know.

      • NachoCheese (D)

        I think Jeffrey was being sarcastic in his comment.

    • Stuff Nick Says

      Romney?

      Don’t you mean Congress, the Obama administration, and the CBO?

      “Oh, Obamacare won’t add one cent to the deficit!”

      “Oops… actually, we were wrong about that.”

    • David Johnson

      I was wondering where to send my money!

    • David Johnson

      I was wondering where to send my money!

    • Frustrated Teacher

      That’s the SOROS math…but first you have to completely destroy the currency of that country by getting an idiot elected whom you control….

    • Frustrated Teacher

      That’s the SOROS math…but first you have to completely destroy the currency of that country by getting an idiot elected whom you control….

    • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

      Honestly of all of them that one is the most embarrassing (yes, even worse than the 0.04 cents one). I don’t see how that error could not have been caught. How can ANYONE read “a $10 investment yielding 10% generates $100 in one year” and not only fail to see that statement *on it’s face* is *glaringly* & *obviously* wrong, but actually write “WOW!” after it? Morons who have no business producing text books of any kind, much less math text books.

    • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

      Honestly of all of them that one is the most embarrassing (yes, even worse than the 0.04 cents one). I don’t see how that error could not have been caught. How can ANYONE read “a $10 investment yielding 10% generates $100 in one year” and not only fail to see that statement *on it’s face* is *glaringly* & *obviously* wrong, but actually write “WOW!” after it? Morons who have no business producing text books of any kind, much less math text books.

  • Gary

    I can’t say I’m surprised. These colleges just pump out diplomas to anyone who’ll pay for them

  • Guest

    Sloppy work but principle was not misspelled

    • Stuff Nick Says

      Technically you’re right. They didn’t misspell the word.

      They used the wrong word entirely.

      • Barryfromkenya

        You’re right. My problem is that there is no shortage of sites that refer to “principle and interest” It’s a weak excuse but it’s all I’ve got.

      • Barryfromkenya

        You’re right. My problem is that there is no shortage of sites that refer to “principle and interest” It’s a weak excuse but it’s all I’ve got.

    • GaryTheBrave

      That’s what I thought. “Principal” is a noun that describes a person (the princiPAL is your pal). “Principle” is an inanimate object or an adjective meaning basis.

  • $21590057

    Tanks for the heads- up! As a homeschooling mom, I’ll be thinking twice before I used Saxon with my kids. I don’t have time to correct all the errors before I teach a lesson.

  • Megalith

    Looks like Obama math to me. This is how he keeps new propoals for the budget deficit neutral.

  • Stuff Nick Says

    Holy crap, I remember that book, the old Saxon one that is… I had that for algebra when I was homeschooled through Christian Liberty Academy Satellite Schools.

    And then CLASS FAILED me because I didn’t show my work… because apparently unlike most people, I add numbers in my head… It didn’t matter that I was RIGHT to them. Kinda made me mad.

  • Karl Winrich

    Quite obviously spelling isn’t part of Obama’s “Common Core” cirriculim.

  • Jason Hunt

    “All your textbooks are belong to us.”

    or better yet:

    “All your children are belong to us.”

    • Patrick Dennehy

      I am glad so many got this reference :)

  • Ronald Dale Angel

    This your best post yet, I am a follower since you wrote about the mexican flag flying at the Sacramento post- office. I have seen my grandsons textbooks from 6th grade and it made me scream and rant because of the errors. Keep it up! From a Fan! happy valentines day,

  • JAIGuy

    Wonder if the writers of these books graduated from union schools. Lousy public education is finally catching up with us. Just sayin’.

  • http://ConservativeMom.net/ LoriGirl

    Abolish the Department of Education.

    • clbrown

      EXACTLY RIGHT!

      Those of us who learned back in the days before Carter… when all schools were run at the local level, with (minimal) oversight by the state… we’re the ones who created all the things that, today, are serving solely to distract the kids.

      I can’t recall the last time I saw one of the junior engineers at my place of business without a “chat window” up on his monitor. And then it takes weeks to get things done, which I could get done in days.

      We haven’t done the kids, or our society in general, any favors by turning school children into what are, effectively, “government employees.” Nor by creating a “no-accountability” academic employment system, where you can’t get fired as a teacher unless you gun down your class (and in that case, you’d get kudos from the left, secretly, for giving more impetus for “gun control”).

    • Richard Dean MacLean

      You are correct, abolishing the DoE is right, but in this case common core wasn’t created by the Feds. It was created by cooperating state agencies through the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices. It is a good program, but this particular publisher is using it as an excuse for their lack of quality.

      • shimauma

        You aren’t fooling anyone richard. Common core is socialist dogma used to make our kids stupid.

      • shimauma

        You aren’t fooling anyone richard. Common core is socialist dogma used to make our kids stupid.

  • Wag_a_muffin

    The old Saxon Math books were the BEST! (I am not very math literate, but with the step by step directions I home school taught my son Algebra II.) I’m a sub teacher and the math books used in California grade schools are incomprehensible. You might as well ask, “guess what number I’m thinking of, kids?” And then give out grades according to who is the closest.

    • in_awe

      I love this ^^^^. Exactly my experience, too.

  • Greta Elisif Hoostal

    ‘Principal’ means first, as in the first amount of money. A PRINCIPLE is an idea. My stepson had Saxon Algebra for 2 months: he didn’t learn a thing & started the grade over anew with different books. Here’s more information on why even the original Saxon Math is so horrible: http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/saxon.htm . I try to take math very seriously. I’m teaching my daughter with Ray’s Arithmetic, & as supplements, home-made worksheets & the math section of Khan Academy. We’re going to use Ball’s Introductory Algebra for at least a supplement (It’s hard even for me!), something similar for II, & Kiselev’s Geometry. After that, I’d want to use Cohen’s Pre-Calc & Unit-Circle Trig (1990), but it’s beyond me. (v_v,) Think I’ll be hiring a tutor by that time!

    • Greta Elisif Hoostal

      …a kind of an idea, that is.

    • Greta Elisif Hoostal

      …a kind of an idea, that is.

    • Elizabeth Taraba

      We have begun using Teaching Textbooks. They are working out wonderfully for us and have real live people to ask questions of if you need help : )

    • Elizabeth Taraba

      We have begun using Teaching Textbooks. They are working out wonderfully for us and have real live people to ask questions of if you need help : )

  • Greta Elisif Hoostal

    ‘Principal’ means first, as in the first amount of money. A PRINCIPLE is an idea. My stepson had Saxon Algebra for 2 months: he didn’t learn a thing & started the grade over anew with different books. Here’s more information on why even the original Saxon Math is so horrible: http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/saxon.htm . I try to take math very seriously. I’m teaching my daughter with Ray’s Arithmetic, & as supplements, home-made worksheets & the math section of Khan Academy. We’re going to use Ball’s Introductory Algebra for at least a supplement (It’s hard even for me!), something similar for II, & Kiselev’s Geometry. After that, I’d want to use Cohen’s Pre-Calc & Unit-Circle Trig (1990), but it’s beyond me. (v_v,) Think I’ll be hiring a tutor by that time!

  • notenoughtime

    School choice and vouchers is the only way to end this insanity. The liberal mindset squanders our hard earned tax dollars and then fails miserably at educating our children. In the real world, they would all be fired.

  • notenoughtime

    School choice and vouchers is the only way to end this insanity. The liberal mindset squanders our hard earned tax dollars and then fails miserably at educating our children. In the real world, they would all be fired.

  • WisconsinPatriot

    I would LOVE to say I am even mildly surprised………but I am not. I am so algebra illiterate, I would never in a million years have figured that out. :( Good work from the parents smart enough to protect their kids from this drek. Show me some other subjects and I may fare a tad better.

  • WisconsinPatriot

    I would LOVE to say I am even mildly surprised………but I am not. I am so algebra illiterate, I would never in a million years have figured that out. :( Good work from the parents smart enough to protect their kids from this drek. Show me some other subjects and I may fare a tad better.

  • Lady 12

    I learned from the old book, and it was really good. I have no idea what the problems in the new book meant.

  • Lady 12

    I learned from the old book, and it was really good. I have no idea what the problems in the new book meant.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    Man, that book is S#*$ty!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    Man, that book is S#*$ty!

  • GrumpyCat

    Send them a bill for your services.

  • GrumpyCat

    Send them a bill for your services.

  • Raye09

    Thats a damn shame. The original Saxon math books were and still are amazing. I remember buying their algebra 2 book years ago while I was a freshman in highschool, it made the everyday math book look like a complete joke.

  • Raye09

    Thats a damn shame. The original Saxon math books were and still are amazing. I remember buying their algebra 2 book years ago while I was a freshman in highschool, it made the everyday math book look like a complete joke.

  • George Murrey

    After reading the tweets, it sure makes me wonder why those that work for Houghton Mifflen didn’t take the time necessary to proof read their mistakes. As a side note, my wife worked for a small town newspaper as a proof reader, She had to take the time to show there were problems and fixed them, mostly were in spelling. I wonder if that book company hired some of nobamas buddies, great on talk, less on walk.

  • George Murrey

    After reading the tweets, it sure makes me wonder why those that work for Houghton Mifflen didn’t take the time necessary to proof read their mistakes. As a side note, my wife worked for a small town newspaper as a proof reader, She had to take the time to show there were problems and fixed them, mostly were in spelling. I wonder if that book company hired some of nobamas buddies, great on talk, less on walk.

  • Shelley

    I home schooled with the original “Saxon” this is a sad day. Saxon was all we had left for solid math curriculum. We’re screwed.

  • http://twitter.com/maplebob23 Fake Obama Follower

    Why do any children coming into the world today need algebra when 0bama will pay for all their abortions and contraception?

    • Frustrated Teacher

      They won’t need it for the jobs that are out there right now, that’s for sure!

    • Frustrated Teacher

      They won’t need it for the jobs that are out there right now, that’s for sure!

  • conservativemomma

    I home schooled my children. Started with Singapore math and moved to older editions of
    Saxon for High School. Daughter was completely self taught in math using those curriculums.

  • Clorinda Madsen

    R. James Milgram, professor of Mathematics, was the only mathematician on the Common Core Standards review board for Mathematics. Guess what. He didn’t like it. Here is a link to his grade by grade review. I will not participate in Common Core.

    http://concernedabouteducation.posterous.com/review-of-common-core-math-standards

    • Richard Dean MacLean

      None of Dr. Milgram’s comments are a criticism of common core, but of the way the standards have been written for math thus far. This is a brand new process that has yet to be fully implemented. The idea of a common standard of quality in education is not a bad one and leads to better trained teachers and tests that are more accurately geared toward the goals of the student. The problem is that in most states it is the teachers who are “translating” the existing standards. This leads to what we nerds call “garbage in / garbage out”. What needs to be done is the standards need to be simplified not complicated. Anyway, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Common core is deserving of a chance, but is going through some growing pains in the process. In the meantime, I (and my public school teacher wife) home school our son. So, that should tell you where we’re at for the moment.

  • KansasGirl

    Not surprised…the left control our schools.
    Add to that, Pelosi wanting us to believe that every dollar distributed in food stamps, has a return of $1.79 into the economy.
    Yet, we better not question that the dollar was taxed from the workers…to give to non-workers.
    Shrug.

  • RightThinking1

    Some while back, having graduated 8 years prior, I attended a GRE refresher. To my great surprise, most of the attendees were graduating Education majors. Their knowledge level was appalling. Terrible math skills, and woefully poor vocabularies. I mean, these were Education majors!

    • AMSilver

      Most of what education majors learn in college is crowd management techniques. They don’t bother making sure the students have a mastery of the subject they’ll be teaching.

  • tessaprn

    A Beka Academy excellent program and God based.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1293301650 Cori Jeddrey

    We use Singapore and Math-U-See in our home. My kids hated Saxon! So glad we don’t use it!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/100000506160373 James McEnanly

    Does the person who wrote the textbooks speak English as a second language, after bureaucratic? A good teacher is not one who makes simple ideas complex, but who can break down complex ideas into simple ones.

  • in_awe

    “What difference does it make?” /s

    Once every child is in the forthcoming mandated pre-K under ObamaSkool [copyright 2013] they automatically will be prepared for the new high tech economy regardless of what happens in later grades.

    Although my daughter attended school in one of the top districts in CA, I essentially wound up home schooling her due to the poor quality textbooks and teachers. (If only I had a $1 for every time I resisted saying “because your teacher is incompetent” I could retire early).

  • camnpat

    FYI- The link Michelle links to in the second post has been “fixed”.

  • kim

    I was given custody of my grandson 2.5 years ago. He was in 6th grade at the time and the court requested I keep him in public school that year until custody was final. I was VERY upset to find that he barely had science and history because his teacher felt those subjects were not necessary, but instead based on class behavior. His math was unbelievable as they were learning guestimacation. They had to round everything off to the nearest 10 and guess at the answer. If they were in the ballpark, it was graded as correct.
    In 7th grade we homeschooled, as he was having some emotional problems over the custody issues. He did well and the curriculum kept him busy. His counselor advised he go back to public school because at his age he needed the socialization.
    He is currently in 8th grade, in public school. His math, (pre Algebra), his history and English classes are EXACTLY what we did last year in homeschool. We have wasted an entire year.
    Next fall, he will be homeschooled, no matter what the counselor thinks. This kid will get an education whether he is popular or not.

    • MargaretSwain

      Exactly my experience with my first grader. I really perked up when i got a note from her teacher asking us NOT to help her because we didnt know how to, both of us have degrees and were excellent math students back in the day, So I looked in to what she was supposed to be learning – it’s “guestimation” that’s exactly what’s being taught. And the president has the NERVE to talk about the ‘dumbing down” of our kids. All 3 of my school agers are home schooled next year. I am preparing curriculum as we speak to submit to the state. I figure the next big govmt overhaul will begin with removing home school as an option.

      • Lani M Dingman Siciliano

        Did you see the information shared from HSLDA about our court’s response to the German homeschooling case? They say homeschooling is NOT a parental right. You are correct, I fear.

        • Midwest Mom

          I saw the HSLDA article too. Scary stuff!

      • Lani M Dingman Siciliano

        Did you see the information shared from HSLDA about our court’s response to the German homeschooling case? They say homeschooling is NOT a parental right. You are correct, I fear.

    • MargaretSwain

      Exactly my experience with my first grader. I really perked up when i got a note from her teacher asking us NOT to help her because we didnt know how to, both of us have degrees and were excellent math students back in the day, So I looked in to what she was supposed to be learning – it’s “guestimation” that’s exactly what’s being taught. And the president has the NERVE to talk about the ‘dumbing down” of our kids. All 3 of my school agers are home schooled next year. I am preparing curriculum as we speak to submit to the state. I figure the next big govmt overhaul will begin with removing home school as an option.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    Asian discrimination in 3…2…1

    You’re all “Tiger Moms”, right?

    Silly woman.

    We should ignore the stupidity of dumbed down mathematics and science in this country and be super angry about “you types” mastering medicine, media, various musical string instruments, and all kinds of other stuff.

  • Guest

    I’m sorry but ‘principle’ as used in the problem is spelled correctly. Ending with ‘pal’ is the leader of a school–as in the principal is your pal.

    Apart from that, your observations are correct and VERY disturbing.

  • DrSamHerman

    My God…I hope they don’t produce medical textbooks! I would hate to see how they would explain human anatomy given those mathematics text inaccuracies!

  • Maxx

    This is what you get from a segment of the population who believe a 5% increase in a budget is called a “reduction” because originally, the increase was 6%.

    It’s that kind of “math” that is bankrupting this blessed country.

  • vino veritas

    The incompetency of Houghton Mifflin is a symbol of a much wider ranging
    problem with American public schools and one that has been taking place
    for a long time now. When the government attempts to impose their idea
    of ‘standards’ onto the public, especially in the area of education,
    everyone historically loses out and regression sets in. I really hope
    Michelle’s public outing of this sort of government induced incompetence helps to
    ignite a serious push to completely eradicate the common core agenda from our school system.

  • Richard Dean MacLean

    First of all Common Core is not a “Federal” standard. This is a standard that was created by cooperating states. It is not only a good idea, but invaluable to the process of training teachers and creating curriculum. Second Houghton-Mifflin is a joke. Why are we still creating new textbooks anyway? Has math changed?

  • Craig Jacobs

    As long as the child’s self esteem is boosted does the math really matter? (if you’re slow, yes, that was sarcasm)

  • Judy B

    Get your children OUT of PUBLIC schools, they are nothing more than indoctrination centers of the left.

  • Judy B

    What did Charlotte Iserbyt have to say about American education?

  • Jim Rasmussen

    And Malkin misspells “species” in next-to-last tweet.

    • BTeacher99

      Yes, “species” is misspelled, for which we paid only the cost of electricity and internet access. School textbooks and the accompanying resources are a billion-dollar market (conservatively). Saxon wanted a product on the market quickly; accuracy was not important. FWIW, the interest question was a poor excuse for a “word problem” for binomial multiplication. No one would deposit a principal amount of x-11. Next time, Saxon should try converting the percent to a decimal, and they should ask real teachers to proofread.

    • BTeacher99

      Yes, “species” is misspelled, for which we paid only the cost of electricity and internet access. School textbooks and the accompanying resources are a billion-dollar market (conservatively). Saxon wanted a product on the market quickly; accuracy was not important. FWIW, the interest question was a poor excuse for a “word problem” for binomial multiplication. No one would deposit a principal amount of x-11. Next time, Saxon should try converting the percent to a decimal, and they should ask real teachers to proofread.

    • Michelle

      I believe there’s a difference between a typo in a tweet, which is nothing more than a conversation, and multiple spelling and math errors in text books being used to educate school-age children, in addition to multiple spelling and grammar errors on the website of a company whose business it is to produce educational material.

      • beebop1952

        proof readers are apparently too expensive for HM to employ.

  • http://pumabydesign001.wordpress.com bydesign001

    Reblogged this on PUMABydesign001's Blog and commented:
    More proof that our children are failing and as to why and who is responsible. Ugh!

  • Craig King

    America you are in trouble.

  • SJ’s Dad

    Ms. Malkin,
    If you correct the biggest error ON/in the book, everything else contained therein makes perfect sense! . . . .Published by DUNDER-Mifflin, Dwight Scrute, Editor.

  • SJ’s Dad

    ACTUALLY, it was published by DUNDER Mifflin, Dwight Schrute, Editor!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1315098771 Michael D. Stephan

    So glad our school kicked the Saxton can to the curb. Ran around the barn 3 times before entering. Our daughter was confused and we showed her the old school method. Picked it right up and asked why they didn’t teach it that way. Teachers were glad too!

  • http://www.BoycottLeftism.com/ itekisan

    When my son was in 6th grade, he corrected the teacher who stated that “Jupiter is the biggest object in the Solar system.”, of course he said that the Sun was bigger, but she told him he was wrong. He stuck to his guns, but she never admitted her mistake. /sigh

  • MargaretSwain

    Thank you for bringing this up, I can only hope that ALL parents will investigate thoroughly the COMMON CORE curriculum that is being presented in most public schools. Starting with our youngest, Common Core seeks to destroy any thought of individualism or uniqueness that God has given us, by indoctrinating into our children their constant never ending litany of “good citizenship” and the “common good”. Beware – common core and the common good also promote the idea that property ownership is just an “idea” and can never be a reality because it does not protect the “common good”. This is being taught NOW. This is where the “occupy” movement has come from and it will only become worse if we allow this to continue.

  • Netmilsmom

    I have the old books. I have Saxon 5/4. Algebra `1 (the book above), Algebra 2 and Advanced Mathematics. Along with the DIVE and Teacher videos.
    I’m going to make HUGE money reselling these!!!!

  • Netmilsmom

    I have the old books. I have Saxon 5/4. Algebra `1 (the book above), Algebra 2 and Advanced Mathematics. Along with the DIVE and Teacher videos.
    I’m going to make HUGE money reselling these!!!!

  • BeeKaaay

    They misspelled “Communist Core”

  • DwellsInFire

    A math problem involving cell phones? Oh brother. Couldn’t just use a phone, but has to be a cell phone? How today’s uncultured spineless publishers pander to today’s mindless fads and pop culture to try to look “cool” and “hip”. Geez. Here’s one for you then: While driving a 20 mile trip, Nancy texts to her BFF’s about Lady Gaga’s tattoos and how often rapper 50 Cent uses the F-word. Nancy would complete 18 text messages if she completed her trip, but she crashes her car after mile 16 because she was distracted. How many text messages does she complete before crashing?

  • DwellsInFire

    A math problem involving cell phones? Oh brother. Couldn’t just use a phone, but has to be a cell phone? How today’s uncultured spineless publishers pander to today’s mindless fads and pop culture to try to look “cool” and “hip”. Geez. Here’s one for you then: While driving a 20 mile trip, Nancy texts to her BFF’s about Lady Gaga’s tattoos and how often rapper 50 Cent uses the F-word. Nancy would complete 18 text messages if she completed her trip, but she crashes her car after mile 16 because she was distracted. How many text messages does she complete before crashing?

  • Nancy Workman

    When my son was in the 9th grade, his social studies book claimed that the reason the Russian Revolution was fought was to give women in Russia the right to vote.

    When I went to the teacher he said “Well…in 3 years we are going to get all new textbooks” My question as to how that would help my son was met with deathly silence. Needless to say, I taught him REAL history at home.
    A few weeks later, the Berlin Wall fell. He raised his hand that Monday morning, all excited about it and the teacher said; “We’re not working on that today”.
    Needless to say the teachers at his high school ran for the hills every time they say me come thru the door.