@Talkmaster a 2nd graders Common Core math homework. http://t.co/mkGGVA0bJ1

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Sam Heath (@smheath11) March 25, 2014

In Common Core math, it often is not good enough to get the correct answer. Instead, students are required to show “higher order” thinking skills — in this case, use of the associative property. Yes, the associative property is important and should be taught at some point. Unfortunately, we suspect that many 7-year olds will not be able to understand this particular assignment. With limited days in the school year, wouldn’t second graders — *second graders!* — be better off spending their time attempting to master the traditional subtraction algorithm?

Update:

In case you were wondering, the use of the term “friendly numbers” by the teacher above bears no relation to the use of the same term in number theory.