Oh, no. Not the “number bondsagain. What ever happened to straightforward addition and subtraction facts?

Poor Jaiden.


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  • Mom Jeans Of The US

    Looks suspiciously like a winning the future moment…

  • http://lordfoggybottom.com Lord Foggybottom

    “Show the hidden partners on your fingers to an adult…” THEY WANT KIDS TO RAT OUT THE KOCH BROTHERS!!!! FASCISTS!!!!

    • thinker

      Gates is backing it…and obama’s guy, Arne Duncan.

      • MissDiane50

        Cass Sunstein backs this, too!

      • iam4everamazed

        Have either of these two, Gates and Duncan, spent any time in the actual classroom teaching this stuff? And I am not talking a hour or so. I am talking days and weeks. Until you spend time in the classroom (and I did teach for 6 years) you have no idea what you are dealing with. And these two have NO IDEA!!

        • JoJo58

          No, they fully understand what they’re dealing with. It’s called the intentional dumbing down of our kids. It has been going on for decades. It’s only now that they’re not concealing it….most adults are ignorant or tune out as to what is going on around them. There are far more important things like video games, the latest greatest iphone or android product. Circuses and bread.

          There’s an interesting free pdf book that chronicles the history of this progressive/communist agenda. Search:

          Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

          • Ange M. Irizar

            I posted a similar sentiment on FB recently, JoJo58 good to see others agreeing.

          • UtMadman

            And, conversely, that helps build up the unions.

      • huluvaguy

        The Clinton initiative is behind this BS dumb down as well.

        • AlCashier

          it’s called the Communist (formerly known as ‘democrats’) Party of USA. they just keep rebranding themselves. “liberals, progressives, democrats” = socialists> Communist

        • JoJo58

          It’s been going on far longer than Clinton. I’ve been posting everywhere I can about the free pdf book called The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America.

    • George Murrey

      At least we know your “hidden partner” agenda. Keep it up, you’ll get there.

    • huluvaguy

      No I think George Soros along with TEA AND NEA is nearer and dearer to your Liberal Democrat team than KOCH my friend.

    • Fairfax51

      I don’t understand Michelle Obama backing this. The old math used 2 apples plus 2 apples = 4 apples.
      Then you could eat the damn apple. Get your fruit on MO.

    • TooOldToBeCool

      I showed them my hidden fingers. Now the IRS and NSA want to talk to me.

      • Spamalot

        Guess which finger I’m holding up Obama??? 😉

  • Maren

    I don’t understand backers of this kind of math. How will this math elevate our students? Does anyone know what Khan Academy is saying about Common Core?

    • jetch

      they figured out a better way to teach, don’t you get it!
      I mean the old way just gave us people who landed a man on the moon and brought him back, split atoms and developed technology to send data thousands of miles through fiber optic cables.
      why would you want to continue with the old way when you’ve got this new, better way?

      • Chrissy the Hyphenated

        The new way ensures that young Americans will never, ever succeed in any way. IMHO, that’s the real point of this.

        • Jedd McHead

          Start ’em dumb young — grow you some good Democrat voter-slaves.

        • Johnny Blade

          … but they will ‘feel good’ about themselves while they sit in section 8 housing eating gubment cheese… Oo

        • Deborah Sagar

          Make them HATE math. Make them HATE learning. Raise generations of uneducated sheep. The Leftist plan.

        • TomJB

          But they will all be equal, don’t you get it!! THATS ALL THAT MATTERS!!! ALL equally ignorant of math…

      • Evan Dickinson

        We have to improve our ability to teach whether this achieves that or not.

        As more knowledge accumulates it takes longer and longer for people to get to the point where they can have some scientific contribution. That’s why teaching methods must improve.

        I’m not endorsing this but I don’t know enough to say this is wrong, and I’d expect neither do you.

        • R.C.

          Let kids learn at their own pace.

          • Evan Dickinson

            I agree. :I believe we should actually give them tuesdays and thursdays off to have time to think about things more. They have a lot to think about. Also they should be given lots of breaks whenever something new was taught to them.

            That has nothing to do with particular teaching methods. Some methods are better than others and take less time to get the same result.

        • wrenhal2010

          I know enough to know this is wrong. A kindergarten student can’t even read those instructions. Those are supposedly for the parent to be able to “help” if needed. Math for that age should start with 1+1 not abstract constructions to determine fractions and such.

          • mjury

            You don’t even know the definition of abstract. You say a certain number of blocks drawn out above and fingers are abstract but the written number “1” is not? I hope you have a good job and it isn’t teaching young people.

          • wrenhal2010

            Are there any numbers given for the kid to equate? You teach them 1+1 by showing them two squares. Not show them five squares and ask them to figure out what is supposed to be done.

          • Evan Dickinson

            Well it wouldn’t matter if they could read or not. They would have been taught in the lesson not the reading.

            “Math for that age should start with 1+1 not abstract constructions to determine fractions and such.”

            This is about understanding that 2 can be thought of being made up of 1 and 1. You know that in school many different concepts are invented to teach things to kids. This is no different. Just because you weren’t taught that way doesn’t mean it isn’t appropriate.

            This is not requiring them to know fractions.

        • Johnny Blade

          well no… the number of books in the world has very little to do with learning how to read… just has the number of scientific theories has little to do with teaching proper scientific methodology… mathematics hasn’t changed… what has changed demonstrably is the politics of education… all of a sudden we are expected to believe that only state accredited ‘experts’ are capable of passing along the tools of learning when the empirical data paints a very different picture.

          • Evan Dickinson

            No Johnny, I’m saying that to get to the “edge” of science where things haven’t been discovered yet people need to know more than they used to need to know. There will still be some things that require little background knowledge but as we discover more those things necessarily will become less numerous.

            Johnny they copied these lessons from Singapore. It already has been proven to work there. Its a good idea to imitate what works.

        • richard

          Are you an absolute nitwit or just a short bus riding dummy? No one needs a round about way to show 2+2=4. That is not science genius. It is however insanity.

          • Evan Dickinson

            To memorize 2+2=4 is not the same as understanding that 4 is made up of 2 2’s.

            You can write down 2+2=4 on a piece of paper and that piece of paper doesn’t have an intuitive understanding of what that is regardless of that fact being written down on it.

          • Sarah Butler Vance

            Evan are you a teacher or parent? I am a parent of 5 and used to be a teacher…now I home school…..that paper made no sense WHAT SO EVER……we can show that 2+2+4 many ways but what in the hell ever happened to good ole fashioned math.Algorithms and such just make it more confusing…maybe not for all children but I’ll bet for the most it’s just down right confusing ….they tried teaching algorithms to my 2nd and 3rd graders….what the hell!!??

          • Evan Dickinson

            “that paper made no sense WHAT SO EVER”

            As does nothing that you weren’t taught first before being handed a homework sheet. If homework sheets explained themselves there would be no need for teachers.

            “they tried teaching algorithms to my 2nd and 3rd graders”

            Computer science is the future. It is more important to learn than biology, chemistry and the rest.

            We have a heavily computerized future ahead of us. You should be thanking god that they are teaching algorithms.

            There are plenty of simple algorithms to teach though, so I don’t know why you would be opposed to that.

            If you home schooled to get away from your kids learning to adapt to the changing times then that is a bad reason. I WISH that when I was a 2nd or 3rd grader I had access to computer science teaching.

            I was homeschooled btw, through 5th grade. The education I received there used quisenairre rods for math understanding. I played with quisenaire rods and learned some intuition from them. If you knew nothing about quisenaire rods but received a homework paper from your child that referenced them would you know what it was about? Literally not, yet that doesn’t make them bad.

            Learning is not about being boring or limited to memorizing facts.

            Home-school can be superior to public school because you don’t have to divide your attention by 30 but rather just 5 people who you know very well, but you have to understand that you are not just teaching them what you learned but what is necessary to know in the future.

            The future may leave only jobs for people who know some programming as automation increases. Currently almost every scientific discipline uses some programming at least to process data. Mathematics is heavily linked to programming nowadays. And that will only increase in the future.

            But that said, there are plenty of resources online to learn anything you might want to learn to teach your kids. This is a better time than any other time in human history to teach your kids if you have the time and make use of the resources available.

          • Sarah Butler Vance

            Well gee…Thank God we have such an expert such as Evan…I mean my god….I should teach my kids a million different ways to add up 42+39….just in case he can’t grasp the old fashioned way…..I mean really…most people will never use an algorith…and I will go out on a limb to say you Evan may know and thoroughly enjoy them but I’ll bet you have YET to actually use them in real life….

          • Evan Dickinson

            “I mean really…most people will never use an algorith…and I will go
            out on a limb to say you Evan may know and thoroughly enjoy them but
            I’ll bet you have YET to actually use them in real life….”

            What the faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak

            I make this detailed response about how in the future things are going to be more automated (and automation is done by writing algorithms) and you respond by saying that most people will never use algorithms?

            I pointed out how mathematics and most sciences use programming (algorithms) and you respond with this? Do you want your kids to work in a factory or something? If so, then fine! (This is of course assuming their jobs wouldn’t be automated away by computer algorithms written by people who actually make a lot of money) But if you want them to have a high-paying job then you might want them to learn something that is important to technological progress.

            “I should teach my kids a million different ways to add up 42+39”

            No, just a way that teaches them fundamentally what is going on. Knock yourself out. Do what you will. But unfortunately being as ignorant as you are (“OMG ALGOIRTHMS LOL WHUT ARE THEY”) is not going to help them.

            Btw, I should point out that the method which people are taught to add numbers with IS AN ALGORITHM.

            An algorithm is basically a method of computing. Basic arithmetic where you carry the leftover result is an algorithm.

            Longhand division is an algorithm. There are other algorithms for doing those things as well. They may be better or worse but they are all algorithms.

            Algorithms are very intertwined with the rest of math.

          • Jared Small

            O wow we got our selves a fancy talker here. Pull up up chair and we can do some learnins and stuff. EVERY one listen to EVAN- he knows some stuffs.

          • Evan Dickinson

            I does no me some stuffs.

          • Jared Small

            alright you have sense of humor… good on you sir. ; – )

          • Jared Small

            Nice meandering diatribe but this question sucks and its makes no sense to any reasoned person. How you try to defend nonsense is beyond me and only makes you appear foolish. Wow just wow.

          • Evan Dickinson

            God you imbecile. You are looking at a question and saying it makes no sense without knowing what the concepts are that would have been taught by the teacher.

            That is a special kind of stupid to be presented with this information and still be unaware that the lecture would have described how to do the problem, not the problem description alone. The problem description is merely a short description of what to apply from the lecture.

            By your logic one needs no teacher but just to hand out homework and it will all “make sense”.

          • Jared Small

            I have looked at the homework and it sucks. And by looking at the home work you can figure out the lesson. I don’t blame the teacher this crap was forced on them. How did I figure out the lesson:

            There are 2 types of people in this world. Those who can extrapolate.

            (Don’t be mad if you need more info. to figure out my word problem or the lesson) : – )

          • Evan Dickinson

            “There are 2 types of people in this world. Those who can extrapolate.”

            There are 2 types of people in this world. Those who are lazy

            “I have looked at the homework and it sucks. And by looking at the home
            work you can figure out the lesson. I don”t blame the teacher this crap
            was forced on them. How did I figure out the lesson:”

            I can’t figure out exactly the lesson. Do tell. And tell why it sucks for Singapore to be using this method.

          • Jared Small

            Do you need a ladder to get out of the crater your in? : – )


            Figuring things out on your own instead of waiting for someone else to tell you is not “lazy”.

            Asking me to tell you might be considered by other posters as ?

            Your welcome.

          • Evan Dickinson

            “Figuring things out on your own instead of waiting for someone else to tell you is not “lazy”.”

            I didn’t say it was. I was just showing that I “got” your joke, and not completing your sentence was rather lazy.

            “Asking me to tell you might be considered by other posters as ?”

            Challenging you to put up or shut up.

          • Jared Small

            I do not think you understand the problem with this homework and by your own admission you are the first type you mention in your recycling of my joke.

            By using my joke=Lazy

            By asking me to solve it for you=Lazy

            Not using Google= Lazy

            Do you know how to Google? Do you have an algorithm for that?

            You are out of your depth on this exchange.

            You are the second part of my joke (those who can’t)

            Direct to lesson plan pdf: http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/nti_may_2013_handout_3_gk_lesson_9.pdf

            I can not teach you how to think. Sorry.

            Here is another ladder to climb out of your hole you dug.


            Are you done yet?

          • Evan Dickinson

            You took some time on your response and googled. I had challenged you in your claim that you could extrapolate merely from the problem description what the problem was about.

            Your answer is to post a link?

            So can I gather from this response that you, in fact, cannot extrapolate what the problem is about merely by looking at the problem description as I said?

          • Jared Small

            LOL nice try. I can figure out matching coloring counting games for a 5 year old. I sent you the .pdf and the link for the benefit of others.

            As for response time- I also do some other things besides post online. Even you can google in under 18 minutes.

            You are a special kind of special. And I not sure if I should admire temerity or pity foolishness. Need to sleep on that.

            Most people who burn their hand on a hot stove stop touching the stove or get an oven mitt.

            There is no point in continuing this further. The homework sucked.

          • Evan Dickinson

            You haven’t proven anything, you’ve merely asserted that I’ve lost the debate and decided to throw up some theatrics about how I should quit now. Your ladders are obviously there for you as you would like to distract from the subject at hand while declaring victory without having won a battle.

            “I can figure out matching coloring counting games for a 5 year old”

            No, there are multiple ways to interpret that. Given that there are multiple ways to interpret it you cannot “figure” it out. You might guess correclty but you cannot “figure it out.”

            In truth what is occurring here is that you have no actual objections to this lesson other than you want to object to it. You haven’t gone into any detail about your objections and why Singaporean students are failing at math so hard. Oops I meant succeeding at math so well.

          • Jared Small

            Synopsis to clear this up for you and anyone following this:

            You go on about algorithms. And sound like an armchair
            futurist. Really, really long bloviating posts. (my interpretation)

            I object and call the homework dumb and suggest you look
            foolish. (fact)

            You call me an “imbecile” and say I have no concept about the what the concepts are that would have been taught by the teacher. While you don’t- as proven by your not posting
            and explaining. And as a bonus you cannot assert you know any better- You said “I’m not endorsing this but I don’t know enough to say this is wrong, and I’d expect neither do you.” (fact)

            I say I do (fact) and make fun of you in a manner that makes you look like an “imbecile” to others. (my interpretation)

            You fumble around and do the playground “PROVE IT” (Fact) and here is where I had you- BECAUSE I ALSO READ THE LESSON PLAN. I extrapolated a few
            things and looked up the lesson plan to confirm
            my private hypothesis. (BIG FAT FACT)

            I prove it (that I know what the lesson plan is about by
            giving you the darn lesson plan) and make more fun of you because at this point I have a couple of things to do. Back up my assertion you look foolish, prove you’re
            the “imbecile”. (huge FACT) Oh and win the petty debate we are holding for some reason???

            Yeah I made some fun of you and gamed you a
            bit. You lagged in the wit department (my interpretation)

            Maybe you will best me on another day. That
            is how these things go.

            My advice:
            1st rule of holes. Stop digging.

          • Evan Dickinson

            “I have looked at the homework and it sucks. And by looking at the home work you can figure out the lesson.”

            This obviously implies that you can figure out the lesson from the homework. It did not imply that you also had the lesson plan. It implies that you don’t need the lesson plan.

            “You fumble around and do the playground “PROVE IT””

            Asking people to prove something is playground? I thought it was how people challenge others in debate. You believe this is dumb, I’m challenging you to put some sort of argument in favor of that belief.

            “I prove it (that I know what the lesson plan is about by
            giving you
            the darn lesson plan) and make more fun of you because at this point I
            have a couple of things to do. Back up my assertion you look foolish,
            prove you’re”

            You didn’t prove that you knew what the lesson plan was about. You posted it later. I believe you didn’t know it at the beginning so you googled.

            Now you may or may not know because you have put forth zero arguments as to it being a bad plan. You have merely asserted that. Posting a link doesn’t mean you understand the material (though I’m sure you could learn it and understand it). What is obviously necessary for you to prove that is for you to have some sort of actual argument as to how bad the lesson is.

            My evidence as to it being a good plan is that it is used in Singapore and the Singapore students do really well in math.

            What is your evidence?

            But really I should also specify that I’m not even entirely sure. I don’t know as a fact that it is a good plan. My main point here is that people objecting to it don’t know. Since I am not claiming to know as a fact that it is good while you are claiming that it is bad the burden is on you to prove it, not me.

          • Jared Small

            I can not spell things out for you. I can not write a text book for common sense. At some point it is on you to pick it up.

            I held my cards. I let you posture then I laid them down (the pdf). I was ahead of you. Heck I gave you a chance to research and post the lesson plan and “prove me wrong”. But you could not and did not.

            Just because you do not know (or claim not to know) does not mean I do not know.

            Saying prove it. Saying show me evidence when it is presented. Is the same as a kid who discovers the continual use of the word why as an irritant to a peer.

            And your not smart because your playing the “I pretend not to know” while defending a position- albeit poorly

            An abstract concept you attempt to introduce and state it is the reason kids in Singapore succeed will not be dignified with a full throated rebuttal. 2 things to ponder (among many). Learning environment is not equal (apples and oranges), correlation and causation are not proven.

            Hint: If your not sure then do not post. Or post questions and use Google.

            In learning for young kids- Anything that introduces extra steps and confusion above and beyond any benefit is bad and that should be obvious. It alienates kids and parents the other 2 sides of the learning cooperative triangle. If you can not figure that out but can go on about the intelligence of knowing algorithms then you are very special.

            But our debate was that I was an imbecile who did not know the lesson plan or its intent. I have soundly put that to rest.

            You really do not learn- do you?

            And at this point when we discuss burden It is fair to say you are you own greatest burden in these threads. I fear the day you have to apply something like an algorithm to a real world problem.

            def fact(n)

            if n = 0:

            Return to google and ask questions


            Except facts and ideas presented from answers and research


          • Evan Dickinson

            “But our debate was that I was an imbecile who did not know the lesson plan or its intent. I have soundly put that to rest.”

            Know that I still think you are an imbecile.

            I already quoted where you said you could extrapolate from merely the homework description. Logically you cannot prove that you knew at the beginning by posting about it later. You could only prove that by pointing to where you’ve posted the link prior to that exchange.

            That still wouldn’t prove that you knew the material.

            “An abstract concept you attempt to introduce and state it is the reason
            kids in Singapore succeed will not be dignified with a full throated
            rebuttal. 2 things to ponder (among many). Learning environment is not
            equal (apples and oranges), correlation and causation are not proven.”

            This is called evidence. It may or may not be the reason they improve but it is actual evidence, which makes it much more substance than every ladder or picture you have posted thus far.

            “And your not smart because your playing the “I pretend not to know” while defending a position- albeit poorly”

            When you don’t know something is correct but you believe that others also don’t know something is incorrect you tend to not be arguing in favor of something being correct as a fact. My position is that I don’t know and you don’t know whether or not it is good but that both of us should want to give it a chance baring some sort of logical argument against it.

            “In learning for young kids- Anything that introduces extra steps and
            confusion above and beyond any benefit is bad and that should be
            obvious. It alienates kids and parents the other 2 side to the learning
            cooperative triangle. If you can not figure that out but can go on about
            the intelligence of knowing algorithms then you are very special.”

            And this is an attempt to teach kids the material in a way that leaves them with a better result. So you have to argue that this doesn’t lead to a better benefit.

            “Saying prove it. Saying show me evidence when it is presented. It the
            same as a kid who discovers the continual use of the word why as an
            irritant to a peer.”

            The lesson plan itself is not an argument in opposition to its existence. The actual argument must be elucidated.

          • Evan Dickinson

            Forcing you to actually argue about the issues rather than merely post ladders seems like pulling teeth.

          • Jared Small

            Then you do not read. Others can. But you are going back and adding more posts to shape the event.

            It is real simple you told me I did not know what the lesson plan was and could not figure it out.

            In short I did- and embarrassed you. You got mad and over posted- I got petty and answered your accusations. Then you called me a liar and made some really dumb fat comment.

            Here is the pdf again for everyone- (the one Evan could not find)


          • Evan Dickinson

            Jared Small is also contributing to the obesity problem of the United States of America. Yes that couldn’t have been a joke. It must have been serious.

            This in response to a post you made about teaching children math using food. Oh the horrors.

            “Then you do not read. Others can. But you are going back and adding more posts to shape the event.”

            I’m adding posts to shape the event? Where are these event shaping posts?

            “It is real simple you told me I did not know what the lesson plan was and could not figure it out.”

            Yes, you couldn’t figure it out from the description. Hence me saying:
            ” still be unaware that the lecture would have described how to do the
            problem, not the problem description alone. The problem description is
            merely a short description of what to apply from the lecture.”

            “In short I did- and embarrassed you. You got mad and over posted- I got
            petty and answered your accusations. Then you called me a liar and made
            some really dumb fat comment.”

            I was not challenging you to post a link to the lesson plan I was challenging you to deduce the lesson plan from the homework description.

            I was not challenging you to google it, I was challenging you to figure it out because that is literally what you implied you could do.

            EDIT: Also, the lesson plan is not confusing or absurd. Its not that difficult to understand. Ask me any questions about lesson 9.

          • Evan Dickinson

            So obviously our entire argument here was based on a misunderstanding. I thought you were making the claim that you could figure out the lesson without googling and just by looking at the problem description.

            If you look around you on this very comment section there are dozens of people assuming that it is absurd purely because they don’t know the terminology. Obviously these people did not look at the lesson plan nor were present for the lesson but expected it to “make sense” to them regardless. I lumped you in with them and then when you said:

            “LOL nice try. I can figure out matching coloring counting games for a 5 year old.”

            I assumed you were doubling down on that claim.

            But “extrapolating” is not the right word to use for googling keywords from a paragraph.

            My obesity joke was in response to your food game thing and was not an insult.

            I of course started with the word “imbecile” because you labelled my post a “meandering diatribe”. Evidently I was probably wrong about the algorithms thing after googling it. I assumed they were teaching computer science.

            I repeated my insult later because of your behavior (which seemed to ignore your very own claims).

            Now that you made your claim of why it is bad for kids I looked at it and it doesn’t seem so to me. It doesn’t seem complex or difficult. Its just counting.

            This is a misunderstanding and I don’t think either of us is to blame. But thank you for pointing out that my interpretation of that one ladies usage of the word algorithm is probably not correct. Another misunderstanding.

          • Jared Small

            Here is the lesson plan link: http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/nti_may_2013_handout_3_gk_lesson_9.pdf

            Evan is talking nonsense so ignore him. Nothing discourages him in this tread. I tried. Enjoy the read. : – ) this is not algorithms in a traditional sense or at all as far as I can tell. It is all in how you define algorithm and you can get that to be a very broad definition.

            As for me I will enjoy math games at the kitchen table with raisins and dried fruit. We start with addition and counting then the kids eat when we do the subtraction game. More fun and healthy ; – )

          • Evan Dickinson

            Jared Small is also contributing to the obesity problem of the United States of America. Listen to him at your peril.

          • Jared Small

            Quoting Evan Dickinson if he deletes his post:

            “Jared Small is also contributing to the obesity problem of the United States of America. Listen to him at your peril.”

            That is petty and sad because it has no wit to it. I except a good jab but that is pathetic. I will congrgutae you on a knock out punch. That is not it.

          • Evan Dickinson

            That was entirely a joke sir.

          • Evan Dickinson

            I sense the possibility that you believe that I was calling you fat. I was joking that your game of teaching kids with food encouraged obesity. That is all. I have no idea how heavy you are.

          • Evan Dickinson

            Jared Small “tried everything” except an actual argument against the lesson plan.

            Instead spent his time writing down ladders with letters. This man surely knows how to argue.

          • Jared Small

            Repost up to cover your ego. I knew the lesson plan because I had it. it takes no genius to figure out the lesson plan was more complex than it needed to be to teach 5 year olds to count. The home work was crap that confused parents and kids a like. Hence its post on Twichy. Is that proof enough?

            Are you one of those employees that needs written instructions when asked to get the mail from the mail room? Probably not because you draw inferences and think about the task. You know to get out of your chair and walk over to the mail room. Why is reading posts on here different?

            Just reading the lesson plan shows you it is poorly written and makes little sense. AND THIS IT TO TEACH a 5 year old.

            By all means defend a position you “pretend” to state you are unsure of.

          • Evan Dickinson

            You either knew the lesson plan and lied here:
            “I have looked at the homework and it sucks. And by looking at the home work you can figure out the lesson.”

            Or you didn’t know the lesson plan and are lying now. Take your pick.

            “Just reading the lesson plan shows you it is poorly written and makes little sense. AND THIS IT TO TEACH a 5 year old.”

            Lesson plans are for teachers not students. And this is lesson 9. If anything is confusing in it you would want to look at lessons 1-8 as well.

            “By all means defend a position you “pretend” to state you are unsure of.”

            I’m defending it lightly because I believe in it lightly.Glancing at the lesson plan I can see nothing wrong.

            EDIT: After reading it I like the ideas in this lesson plan.

            EDIT 2: I’m going to marry this lesson plan.

          • Jared Small

            3rd option. I inferred the lesson plan and argued on what I believed to be true. I looked at homework and figured what the lesson was. Good grief it is for a 5 year old.

            You challenged me and I posted the actual pdf for perfect clarity. No reason to debate the lesson plan when we have it. Your just mad. I beat you at your game and ran circles around you. I made you look foolish. Sorry. It really got to you because now you have devolved into calling me a liar and fat.

            I do not think the lesson plan was written for the kids to read- duh. But the instructions or method contained for teaching a 5 year old was crap. You must work for the publisher or something. Others may read it and draw their own conclusion.

            And now you pull the read the entire book. If I did that then I have to interview the publisher… and If I did that I would need a PhD in Ed. You never quit. Buy the book yourself.

            And you commitment to over post is not light defense of a position. LOL! good you take a strong position after glancing and go on on on about how I am wrong and everyone else who posted.

            You are unable to admit you are wrong. I am sad for you.

          • Evan Dickinson

            “I have looked at the homework and it sucks. And by looking at the home work you can figure out the lesson.”

            “I inferred the lesson plan and argued on what I believed to be true. I looked at homework and figured what the lesson was.”

            You “inferred” the lesson plan? No you didn’t. You GOOGLED the lesson plan. That’s not inference.

            Are you telling me that what you meant by “i can figure out the lessson” is not that you can figure out the lesson but that you can figure out where the lesson is? umm ok.

            You didn’t actually make any arguments against the lesson plan until recently. You just posted ladders.

            “But the instructions or method contained for teaching a 5 year old was crap.”

            Well I think they are not crap. They are great. And its not particularly difficult. The students can figure out all the answers by counting.

            “And now you pull the read the entire book. If I did that then I have to
            interview the publisher… and If I did that I would need a PhD in Ed.
            You never quit. Buy the book yourself.”

            Well logically you cannot open up a random book at a random chapter and expect to understand the meaning of every concept.

            Explain what was confusing to you though because I don’t see anything confusing.

            “And you commitment to over post is not light defense of a position. LOL!
            good you take a strong position after glancing and go on on on about
            how I am wrong and everyone else who posted.”

            I defended strongly my position. My position was that I don’t know enough but from what I “inferred” from the homework it looked good.

            My position now is that I like this lesson plan.

          • Evan Dickinson

            I think Jared may be right that I don’t know what it is that you are calling Algorithms. Sorry for the confusion. I thought they were teaching them programming. I guess I wanted to believe that.

        • jetch

          sounds like you’re saying we just need to trust our betters, and they know what’s best??
          no we don’t need to improve our ability to teach, we simply need to go back to the way we were teaching. we used to teach fundamentals, now kids are learning this useless garbage! there learning from unionized baby sitters who don’t care if our kids learn as long as they get their pension.
          to say we should just shut up and let them do what their doing is pathetic!

          • Evan Dickinson

            “no we don’t need to improve our ability to teach, we simply need to go
            back to the way we were teaching. we used to teach fundamentals, now
            kids are learning this useless garbage!”

            These are fundamentals. This particular thing is fundamentally how numbers work.

            I’m not saying shut up. I’m saying know what you are talking about. Don’t just assume it is bad because it is common core, and don’t just assume it is bad because its not how you were taught.

            “no we don’t need to improve our ability to teach”

            What on earth is this? Of course we should WANT to improve the methods of teaching. How on earth could you be opposed to that?

          • jetch

            you really wanna argue the question in the screen cap above is fundamental? really??

            the logic behind math and science has not changed in hundreds (in many cases thousands) of years. the teaching of that math and science led to unbelievable advancements the last 200 years. now that’s not good enough, instead of just teaching 2 + 2 = 4, you want to introduce cube sticks and number bonds?

            i understand you think all change is good, but today’s leaders are about ideology and lining their own pockets, not teaching the fundamentals. the change they want is not working as proven over the last 20 years. common core is a step in the same direction. i do agree with you however, that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

          • Evan Dickinson

            “you really wanna argue the question in the screen cap above is fundamental? really??”

            It is about the fundamentals. Just not presented in a way you are used to.

            “the logic behind math and science has not changed in hundreds (in many
            cases thousands) of years. the teaching of that math and science led to
            unbelievable advancements the last 200 years. now that’s not good
            enough, instead of just teaching 2 + 2 = 4, you want to introduce cube
            sticks and number bonds?”

            That doesn’t mean the method of teaching it must remain the same. Nor does it mean the particular stuff that is taught must be the same particular stuff that was taught.

            “i understand you think all change is good”

            I don’t think all change is good. I think a lot of change is bad. I do, however, not think that we can ever sit comfortable with what we have and say “it is enough” as if that is a fact.

            “but today’s leaders are about ideology”

            This is a piece of mathematics borrowed from Singapore. It is not to be ignored just because it is part of a larger program (common core) which is bad. (one size fits all is bad obviously because in a one size fits all system the type of experimentation that occurred in Singapore cannot occur at all).

            “common core is a step in the same direction”

            Singapore is not our puppet master pulling our strings. Singapore is an important but really small port city/country in Southeast Asia with students who excel in mathematics (hence this particular piece being borrowed from them).

            You don’t even know what this stuff is about so don’t be accusing me of not knowing what I’m talking about. I’m not claiming to be an expert in it but you are assuming that you would just magically know it by its presentation in a problem discription which is absurd.

          • Jared Small

            No it is new “mumbo jumbo”. Good God man- we do not need a method to teach simple counting and addition. Different and newer is not better in this case. Now if you want to use software for differential equations in high school lets discuss. you have a kid who needs extra help- try a different method.

            But this is a kindergarten that is sending home unintelligible homework. Moving beyond the crazy that is homework for a 5 year old this- assignment is “crap” .

            It a forest through the trees thing that gets lost in these debates.

            But by all means defend the idea we should make counting and homework hard to form a great impression on the 5 year old mind. Way to kick off a school career! With the bonus of alienating your best partners- concerned parents.

            I worked in the MESA program a few years back to help at risk kids. I am not out on a limb here. This homework sucks.

          • Evan Dickinson

            “No it is new “mumbo jumbo”. Good God man- we do not need a method to
            teach simple counting and addition. Different and newer is not better in
            this case. Now if you want to use software for differential equations
            in high school lets discuss. you have a kid who needs extra help- try a
            different method.”

            Why not? These “simple” things are hard for children and some children are better at it than others. Given that some children are better at it than others that implies that some children have a better understanding than others which in turn leaves the possibility of imparting that better understanding to more children.

            “But this is a kindergarten that is sending home unintelligible homework.
            Moving beyond the crazy that is homework for a 5 year old this-
            assignment is “crap” .”

            Why can’t a 5 year old do homework?

            “But by all means defend the idea we should make counting and homework
            hard to form a great impression on the 5 year old mind. Way to kick off a
            school career! With the bonus of alienating your best partners-
            concerned parents.”

            Does this make counting and homework harder than it is?

            You find it easy to learn right? So give parents the information to learn it.

            “I worked in the MESA program a few years back to help at risk kids. I am not out on a limb here. This homework sucks.”

            Well lots of people who have worked with children in SINGAPORE have used this program and don’t think it sucks.

            I’m waiting for your actual argument as to its suckiness. Is it because you believe it to be too hard for children who are not Singaporean?

    • ICOYAR

      I say force each and every one of the Communist Core curriculum to do Common Core Calculus. Threaten them with indefinite imprisonment if they cannot even attempt to do it.

    • Evan Dickinson

      Its meant to impart an intuitive understanding of arithmetic.

      • R.C.

        You cannot seriously believe the instructions are intuitive.
        “color some blue, the rest red, draw how many you colored in the number bond.” – Per instruction they are all colored, some red and some blue, and should be drawn in the bond, so what does that have to do with math?

        • Evan Dickinson

          I didn’t imply that they were.

          Obviously people in no grade are taught something by merely being handed a piece of paper with instructions.

          I said that it is meant to impart an intuitive understanding of arithmetic, not that the instructions for it are intuitive.

      • Jimbo

        I intuit you are an “idjit.” This is kintergarten math? What 5 year old knows a cube is a solid geometric shape with six surfaces? The person who composed this problem doesn’t. Those are squares.

        • Kit Smelser

          The squares are representative of actual manipulative objects that the students would have available at school. Now that is the only part of the problem any child I have ever taught would understand.

          • Evan Dickinson

            How would you possibly know without trying this? Would you be incapable of teaching the kids in Singapore where this was borrowed from?

      • pappy86us

        Let them be kids! Stop the BS!!! intuitive understanding of arithmetic ??? They are kindergartners! Smh

        • Evan Dickinson

          So you would rather that children learn to memorize facts rather than have an understanding?

        • Evan Dickinson

          Learning math does not make a kid no longer a kid. Knowledge does not make a kid no longer know how to play and have fun.

          Getting an intuitive understanding of math early only leaves more free-time for kids later on.

      • Kit Smelser

        Sigh, so you expect a child operating in a preoperational developmental stage to work on an intuitive approach to arithmetic? Really? Amazing! And for over 95% of the children out there completely impossible until at least 9 years of age and typically more like 11 years

        • Evan Dickinson

          Intuition is something every child learns about lots of things. Would you rather your child knew that wheels spinning keeps a bike more stable or would you rather they learned how to intuitively ride a bike. I learned arithmetic intuition with cuisenaire rods while homeschooled.

          Its sad that conservatives want to prevent public school kids from having that opportunity.

        • Evan Dickinson

          “And for over 95% of the children out there completely impossible until at least 9 years of age and typically more like 11 years”

          How can you possibly know this?

          That is bullcrap. This kind of thinking is very harmful.

          • Kit Smelser

            Piaget’s research in child development. Look it up. I am only saying that if you ignore the way people are “wired” to develop and learn, you will be beating your head against a wall. Using manipulatives is excellent at that age. The instructions on this problem are outrageous and worthless.

          • Evan Dickinson

            “Piaget’s research in child development.”

            This is not a fact but a theory. And is somewhat contradicted by facts. Some of those capabilities he asserted to only occur at certain times have been observed to occur earlier or later.

            In truth children develop capabilities based on what they are exposed too and what they find important, not based on a rigid timeline. There may be built in motivations for them to pursue certain understandings but it is not generally hardwired in.

      • frgough

        It fails. The best way to impart an intuitive understanding of arithmetic is using physical objects with some, some more, and some, take away some problems. M&Ms are particularly good for this. Especially with kindergartners.

        • Evan Dickinson

          This particular method of teaching evidently (as one person said elsewhere here) involves cubes and physical objects. (Hence these squares on the paper being called cubes).

          But you are saying that somehow you know that this is bad for kindergartners. You just know, you say. You say it fails. Supposedly it works in Singapore, because that’s where we got this idea.

      • richard

        You simple minded fool, kids already have an abstract understanding of math at birth you freaking twit. Give one child a huge pile of cookies than share them with another child by giving the new child 80% watch the reaction.

        • Evan Dickinson

          That is so stupid. That is very rough “math”. We’re talking addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and basic algebra.

          When I first memorized 2+2=4 as a child I did not have an intuititive understanding of math. It is only when I played with quisenaire rods that I got that.

          Even people who hate math and have no intuitive understanding of many concepts can understand stealing cookies. Even groups of people who have no or limited numbers systems will understand that. That doesn’t mean they have an intuitive understanding of arithmetic to the level required to excel at school or science without effort.

          • richard

            Child when I reach into your stack of oreo cookies and snatch a stack, that is called subtraction and believe me you fool the child knows that you subtracted from him/her. I would assume even a minimally intelligent one such as you would realize it.

          • Evan Dickinson

            Uh… I happen to know a 5 year old. Though that 5 year old knows that if you take some cookies he’ll have less, that particular child does not know how to subtract numbers.

            Hence why “that is very rough math” you f**king imbecile.

            Math is about more than being rough. Its about exactness and absolute truth. Nothing being taught here is untrue nor is any of it unrelated to numbers. Nor is any of it inexact.

          • richard

            Incredible short bus thinking there, Evan dumber than some of the students I had the displeasure of having to wait to grasp a concept most canines understood. Many of us have an innate understanding of basic math concepts shortly after birth if not before. Others of us are so advance we become anxious and irritated because we look at people such as yourself as morons, class clowns or even worse libtarded nitwits. Now child get a grasp of 1+1, 2-1 etc you may use pennies to try this and see how fast your little brain all of a sudden can do much larger numbers. IDIOT

          • Evan Dickinson

            I think your estimation of your own ability is widely misplaced.

            “Now child get a grasp of 1+1, 2-1 etc you may use pennies to try this
            and see how fast your little brain all of a sudden can do much larger
            numbers. IDIOT”

            When I memorized 2+2=4 as a child I wasn’t suddenly able to do all other math problems.

            For no children is that the case that memorizing this fact makes them understand all of arithmetic.

            Yes I am aware that 1+1 and 2-1 are math problems and I know the answer to them, thanks.

            “Others of us are so advance we become anxious and irritated because we
            look at people such as yourself as morons, class clowns or even worse
            libtarded nitwits.”

            I doubt that you were ever looking on, irritated at others being less advanced than you. I think you rode the short bus.

          • richard

            Well child you said “I think you rode the short bus.” That was your big mistake. As as we both know your thinking is shoddy at best. A small marsupial is more advanced than you based on your inability to grasp certain laws of math as truths without needing to be dumbed down first. I am sorry for your plight, life will be extremely difficult and fruitless. Now be a good little progressive dummy and sign up for oblamebush care.

          • Evan Dickinson

            Ooh I made a big mistake. I insulted the special one.

            “advanced than you based on your inability to grasp certain laws of math as truths without needing to be dumbed down first”

            Things have to be presented at a low level for children, obviously. For you to not know that or to argue differently implies that you are an imbecile.

      • Betty Bryant

        It doesn’t impart anything but confusion.

        • Evan Dickinson

          If you expect a problem description to be an entire lesson as to how to do something you are an idiot.

  • carmenta

    I cant even make sense of this in English let alone math – whole groups of people are employed in creating indecipherable word problems that purport to teach math; I think they are delusional. Who is the ‘architect’ of this rubbish? I demand a public flogging with a wet noodle!

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “All your math book are belong to us.”
      “Do not dumb here.”

      The English, as she is spoke.

      • swg

        you speak real goodly. They learned you muchly in skul.

        • PNWShan

          Much grammar. Wow. So math. Such common. Doge teach.

      • E Quilibrate

        ‘As she be spake’?

        • Maalox84

          Resist we much!!!

          • Amanda Davis

            Can’t tell if you’re Yoda or the spazzy dog meme :-)

          • Wootpool the Yuge

            That is actually an Al Sharpton tweet. Seriously. I’m not joking.

          • E Quilibrate

            I be shall ??FORWARD??

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          ” ‘As she be spake’?”

          Maybe in Chaucer’s time.

          The expression “The English, as she is spoke” refers to a 19th C. Portuguese-to-English dictionary-cum-phrase book with that subtitle, in which Portuguese was translated into, shall we say, very unidiomatic English.

      • gutiarcracker

        eye suport publik ejukashun

    • Happy Dragon

      I’m an English-Lit major, and I can’t make heads or tails of their English.

      • contkmi


        • Happy Dragon

          My mistake. *nor

          • CO2 Producer

            It was not a mistake. “Or” was appropriate to use in your comment because the “n’t” (or “not”) already set the negative sense for the pair of nouns that followed. Look at it as though the word “either” was implied, and since “either” is usually paired with “or,” it makes sense that your original comment was correct. But if you’d said, “I can make neither,” the part following it would be “heads nor tails.”

            Sorry to intrude. I can be a bit of a grammar geek at times.

    • Delbert63

      The problem is you have liberal education majors writing this stuff. It’s better to get a math major who knows math and have them write this stuff, at least they would make intelligent, understanding questions.

    • pabruce

      Mr. Coleman is one of the architects of Common Core …. and now is in charge of dumbing down the SAT tests to match these Common Core Masters of the Universe (students who somehow figure it out) to easier test questions! LOL

  • Emily B


    • 3seven77

      That was my reaction too!

  • MNWoman

    Wait, what?

    More than just the math itself, the language is asking a bit much of a 5 year old.

    Are they going to be asking second graders to be reading “War and Peace” or study Greek Mythology next?

    • Clorinda

      No, because that is fiction. They’ll be asked to read the latest EPA rulings on air quality.

      • MNWoman

        Ah, that’s right. In addition to any of the books Obama ‘wrote’.

      • Evin

        Aren’t those fiction too?

    • ScarlettNY

      Second grade is studying Greek Mythology! It’s to prepare them for the reading part of the common core which is all based in fables and fiction. If you have a child who takes things literally, they are not going to do well. My child is very literal. His teacher recommended we read about metaphors and sent a 2nd grade child, who is on an 8th grade reading level home with Amelia Bedelia (1st or K reading level). The teachers don’t know how to prepare for this craziness. The common core generation will be known as the lost generation. It is so sad.
      We are now homeschooling.

      • StateofFranklin

        Been homeschooling for 4 years. Best decision we made

      • http://leetbar.com YOBSN

        This is free it has a whole University of video courses. http://leetbar.com my son finished all his Math in 6 months time with it from basic to Calc.

    • ICOYAR

      Too easy.

      They’ll force theoretical quantum mechanics on them.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    “Draw five boxes to make a cube stick. Color in that cube stick so exactly 50% is red and 50% is blue but make sure only 25% is yellow and 0% is blue. When you’re done, stand up and turn around 8 times while counting to 3.14159. Click your heels 57 times in honor of the 57 states while singing the school children’s anthem to Barrack Obama. What is the inverse ratio of the number of green cube sticks to the square root of number of choruses in Barrack Obama’s school children’s anthem? Ensure you write your answer phonetically using the Cyrillic alphabet”

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Watch out– you’re verging on division by zero here…

      • Fire and Adjust!

        thereby, the answer IS zero…… actually, it is the Cyrillic version of zero, so please excuse my inability to write it as such since I failed my Marxist alphabet class in grade school……………we didn’t have common core yet to help me along my Marxist ways…….

      • E Quilibrate

        I thought 0 was doing that all by himself.

      • 24601

        The allegation that one may have divided by zero, or may be susceptible to dividing by zero is now considered hate speech.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          That such an allegation would be hate speech is an absurdity. 😉

          • ValueEngring

            Unfortunately, in modern polite-speech America it’s looking more and more like the reality than the absurdity it should be.

    • TexSizzle

      Which 3 states are you not clicking heels for?

    • weirdralph

      The statement at the bottom — presumably intended for parents helping their kids with the homework — is equally nonsensical.

      “Lesson 2: Model composition and decomposition of numbers to 5 using fingers and linking cube sticks.”

      • Outinrightfield

        Cube sticks – that’s sounds like a bunch of bull(ion). No real meat, just pretend flavor.

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

    Just sit down and be quiet… they’re not your children anymore anyway.

  • Jake Wilde

    A system designed to give dominion of children over to teachers.

  • BTeacher99

    Many strategies used to teach young kids math make sense. However, this is a very abstract way to model addition and subtraction as inverse operations. Oh, I forgot, it’s now composition and decomposition that are the inverse operations. I also love the hand sketches so kids can model yet another way to make 5.

    You notice the date of February 2014? Is that when 1st graders finally “learn” to add and subtract single-digit numbers: after 6 months of school? They’ll not be ready for Algebra until 10th grade at that rate.

    • carmenta

      You sound really smart, but I dont even understand your first paragraph…I dont remember learning inverse operations, but I sure as heck remember my times tables! Learned by rote, chanted by the whole class and never to be forgotten! What was actually wrong with learning the basics that way anyway?

      • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        “Inverse operation” = “check your results,” i.e., once you subtract, add the difference back to the smaller number and see if you get the larger number. Or subtract the top number of an addition from the sum, and see if you get the lower number. E.G., “10 + 5 = 15; negative-10 + 15 = 5”; “25 – 12 = 13; 13 + positive 12 = 25” (This would be explicable a lot better to, say, 4th graders.)

        • carmenta

          so what’s wrong with just saying ‘check your results’? Or ‘show your work’! These are little, little kids! Leave them alone already! Let them eat paste and pee on the story-time rug!

    • CO2 Producer

      Forget all that inverse operation stuff. What is a “hidden partner”? What’s hiding? The blue box? The red boxes? And how do you fit five color sections into three circles?

      Wait, I think I got it. Lavender. The answer is lavender.

      • Eric

        That’s my biggest question. I’ve got a math degree, and I don’t recall ever hearing that term in regards to mathematics. Granted I don’t remember every hearing number bond, sticks, and the like either.

      • Eric

        Ok, so apparently a “hidden partner” is the missing number in a common number bond, or something or other. So if you had, 7 + __ = 10, the hidden partner is 3.

        So silly of me, I’ve been calling that a variable for the past 25 years.

        • CO2 Producer

          That explains that…kind of. “Hidden partner” is still a moronic term, and even knowing what it means doesn’t change that the problem’s wording still doesn’t make a lick of sense.

    • stuckinIL4now

      And here’s all they’ll learn about Algebra (h/t Political Follies):

  • CO2 Producer

    The “show the hidden partners on your fingers to an adult” has a stranger-dangery vibe to it.

    • Adela Wagner

      When I was coming up we were urged to STOP using our fingers during math.

      • CO2 Producer

        I don’t remember ever starting. My partners were always out in the open.

      • RblDiver

        I’ll admit, I still use ’em for multiplying by 9 😛

      • ceemack

        My mother taught 1st grade many years ago, and encouraged her students to use their fingers to work out answers.

        Late in the year, a few test problems dealt with numbers like 11, 12 and 13. She saw one little girl with her head under her desk, and went to investigate.

        The little girl had taken off her shoes and socks and was using her toes along with her fingers.

        • carmenta

          Problem-solver!!! That’s the kind of kid that will go far! Used to be that kind of industry was admired – now they want to reward prog-heads who talk you to death with utter bilge!

  • MNWoman

    Let’s be honest, most politicians in D.C. couldn’t do this problem.

    • Zach Smith

      No one could do this problem unless they understood the goofy lingo. The big problem here is that they are inventing a new language, instead of using the language that has already been developed over hundreds and thousands of years of arithmetic and mathematics. I’m not sure how children who learn this are supposed to communicate with others who use standard terms for arithmetic.

      • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        “Mathematical Newspeak,” if you will?

      • PNWShan

        That’s the biggest issue here, to me. Why invent new terminology? Do they specifically not want parents to help their kids, so that kids will look at parents as dumb and teachers as smart? Or are they just educrats who are always chasing after the latest educational fad regardless of whether it works or not?


    Can you show the middle finger

    • Zach Smith

      How about the middle feather?

  • ceemack

    OK. I won a math award in high school. Got a B in calculus in college. Took 3 years of statistics between college and grad school. Have done statistical analysis & computer programming for a living.

    And I can’t do that problem.

    • DG

      Sheldon Cooper might be stumped by Common Core!

      • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Sheldon Cooper would be stumped by heterosexuality. Bazinga!

  • DG

    So glad grade school is decades behind me.

    Although, I may need Common Core to help me understand Obamacare……..hmmm.

  • ML

    Uh…..what? Is that supposed to make sense? It sounds like it was improperly translated into English from another language.

    • Mead

      Do the needful, but not for the other use.

      • TexSizzle

        Do not stop [chainsaw] blade with hands or genitals.

  • Search Bloc

    What the hell is a cube stick?!

    • carmenta

      I make Salisbury Steak with mine…we’re having that for dinner tonight!

    • plumberskid

      I’m not sure, but it sounds like it could be used as a weapon, therefore it should be banned and whoever brought it in to the curriculum should be shot (figuratively speaking, of course…)

      • carmenta

        with a half eaten Pop-tart, (other fruit filled pastries are available) /

  • WhoDat

    Yes, poor Jaiden. I’m sorry you’re saddled with that name for life.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      You should be more sorry about making sure school is going to be harder than it needs to because you voted for the trash who put Commie Core in place.

      • WhoDat

        You’re right, I did vote for Piyush Jindal.

        • journogal

          Little racist remark there, isn’t it, making fun of his name? I know, you could never be a racist, could you?

          • WhoDat

            Projecting again?

          • journogal

            No, but you are…really cute how you make fun of a name, then will turn around and accuse others of treason when they DARE speak against Obama.

          • WhoDat

            That is his name, isn’t it?

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Wesley Cook. You know– the thug defended by the defeated nominee for DoJ. Wanna play that game, Who?

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    I was figuring out how to do this problem, i.e. translating the Gibberish into English, then realized that this is Kindergarten homework. Firstly, why are they giving homework to kindergarteners? Secondly, what kindergartener would read, much less comprehend, those instructions? Thirdly, why?

  • Conservative First

    wtf is a number bond?!?

    • AMSilver

      I’m guessing from the CC math problems that I’ve seen so far, that any number greater than one has a number bond, which is composed of any numbers that can be added together to reach that number (so 2 would have a number bond of 1+1; five would have a number bond of 2+3 or 1+1+1+1+1, etc). I think the purpose is to get the children to conceptualize numbers as representing groupings of individual items, so that even after you’ve added 2+3 to get 5, you still understand that the 5 is composed of a 2 and a 3 and didn’t transmutate into a different thing altogether. I could be wrong, but that’s my best guess.

      • MRSquared

        I think you’ve taken a good shot here, but since 2 and 3 also began as 1’s that got together to party, this concept ultimately devolves into nothing but connected circles of 1’s. A very basic true premise, but sort of useless. It certainly shouldn’t be the underpinning of entire curriculum!

        • AMSilver

          I did a little more research, and I’m afraid that my guess was fairly accurate. And you’re right – it’s useless and shouldn’t be the basis of a curriculum. It’s one of those things you can point out as an interesting way to look at math later on, but there’s really no point in focusing on it. Ever. It’s unnecessary.

    • PNWShan

      From what I’ve seen elsewhere, the idea is that there are a number of ways to add up to five:

      1 + 4
      2 + 3
      3 + 2
      4 + 1
      0 + 5
      The term “number bond” is not only made-up, it’s also misleading. It can get the kid to think that only 2 goes with 3, etc.

      I homeschooled and I taught my kids the different ways to add up numbers. I started with Legos and cheerios. Practicing with manipulatives and then writing it on paper and being quizzed orally is the best way to memorize all these number facts.

  • walterc

    I think I have a handle on where this crap comes from. Since mathematics is pretty much set in stone, the few people that actually pursue a PHD in mathematics need to find a subject for their thesis. So they come up with new ways to do old math.

    Am I right? Some doctoral candidate and maybe a couple friends got drunk one night and came up with the basic premise of common core and formed a committee to develop the final mess, and sold it to the liberal public education czars.

  • cscape

    i would have circled the MIDDLE FINGER on each hand….. hey, i’m “math challenged” (LOL)

    • WhoMeToo

      I would have also used white-out on all the other fingers… (¬‿¬)

  • Bob Richards

    Yeah, I’ll show you a finger.

  • http://www.algoreisabidfatidiot.com/ “Rev Jim Jones”

    Sorry my major in mechanical engineering and minor in math fail to prepare me with an answer. What is it?

    • AMSilver

      The good news is that there can’t possibly be a wrong answer. They haven’t given you a problem to solve. They’ve told you to come up with your own problem. As long as you know how to color according to the directions, you can’t be wrong.

  • http://www.algoreisabidfatidiot.com/ “Rev Jim Jones”

    Here’s a suggested test question:

    Inept liberal presidents tend to overspend revenue by two to one. Obama being no exception to the rule is 5/8th into his two term administration and will undoubtedly double the deficit in short order.

    Q: how many more expensive vacations will this horse’s ass take this year?

    • E Quilibrate

      The answer can only be “purple’.

      • http://www.algoreisabidfatidiot.com/ “Rev Jim Jones”

        Come on, you peeked at your fingers.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    All I know is that In about 20 years, it’s going to be super easy to bounce a check.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


      “A ‘check,’ Grandma? What’s that? Someone from Prague?”
      “No dear– it was a way of BS’ing people you owed money to, by telling them it was in the Mail.”
      What’s the ‘Mail,’ Grandma?”

      • unknown

        Only one problem here…no will know where to find the Czech Republic on a map much less know its capital.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Well, I figured that, by then, Vladimir Putin would be taking over the old Warsaw Pact countries again and it would be in the news.

    • plumberskid

      I’m already having nightmares about the future of engineering, aeronautics and medicine. Are any of us ever going to risk flying in a plane designed by one of these delicate little flowers? And what if they don’t feel like putting the decimal where it should be when they calculate your dose of insulin or dopamine? You might wind up dead, but at least they’ll feel good about themselves.

  • AMSilver

    Another reason why this is utterly ridiculous – they aren’t having the children solve a math problem! They are telling the children to come up with a math problem, and then explain it, but there’s no solving it going on here. And that hidden partners bit is just ridiculous.

    • AMSilver

      Because as we all know, there’s no wrong answer in math. You can’t tell the kids to add 1+4, because they might not feel right about that problem. They need to find the problem that feels right to them, and then explain their feelings, and then they can’t possibly be wrong, amirite?

      • nc ✓s & balances

        GMTA. This isn’t about learning math at all. It’s about training the the kids to think the way they want them to think.

        • AMSilver

          It’s about destroying a child’s ability to think rationally. Take a hard science like math, destroy their ability to make black and white decisions there (’cause 4+4 is racist or something) and you’ve laid the framework for leaving them totally unable to make rational decisions in fuzzier areas. Additionally, you reinforce the notion of blind acceptance to authority, because the teacher is the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong here, not the math. According to the question, a child could leave the picture entirely blank and be 100% correct (0+0=0 is a legitimate math problem) but what are the chances that the teacher will accept that as an answer? A child could color each picture exactly the same, and be correct (after all, the teacher is leaving it up to the child to choose which math problems to do. There’s nothing technically wrong with doing 1+1 over and over again), but again, the teacher will arbitarily mark them down for that. You have to *guess* what the teacher wants and what they won’t accept, and so a child will be more concerned about figuring out how to please their teacher than how to do the math. In the real world, if a math teacher is wrong, you can shove the math in their face to prove it. In CC math? Not so much.

          • nc ✓s & balances

            Excellent analysis.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    It’s no secret that libbies are really good with language, but stink at math. So, starting very early, they indoctrinate the kids with a “new” way of speaking that even their parents can’t understand. This increases the bonding and dependence on the teachers and the public school system, hence more and easier indoctrination.

    Learning math? Pfft. Who cares.

    • Eric

      I’m not sure they’re really good at language either. I routinely blow away their “arguments” since they commonly use the wrong words.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        When I say they’re good with language, I’m talking about how they use it to effect social change. And it’s worked well for the last several decades. Only lately they have really jumped the shark, but for a long time, they dictated the “polically correct” language and too many people fell in line. Still do.

        This is different from being able to put together an intelligent argument.

        • Eric

          Ah, give impassioned speeches with no actual meat behind it. Gotcha.

          • nc ✓s & balances

            Like working the “green” label into the products we buy, as if purchasing them helps “save the planet” – another meaningless phrase.

      • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Americas-Wife/162958907243936 Captain America’s Wife

        They’re not good at geography either. Ever see the maps PMSNBC uses? They are consistently wrong.

  • coneil5150

    If you can’t help with Math why ask for help with history or science or CIVICS if it still exists.

  • Eric

    I’ve got both English and math degrees. And I still have to read these things at least twice to figure out what they’re even asking. Why do they insist on creating new terms instead of using more recognizable ones?

    • AMSilver

      To alienate children from their parents. If the child sees the parent as too stupid to help them with their homework, then that places the teacher in a higher position of authority than the parents. Change the vocabulary so the parents have no clue what you’re asking in the questions, and the parents are automatically unable to help with homework regardless of their mathematical capabilities. At that point, both the child and the teacher are smarter than the parent.

  • Richard J Sunkle

    Up twinkles math?

  • MRSquared

    Alas, poor Jaiden is walking around with an orange finger.

  • Dale Glenn

    As far as I can tell, Common Core is just suggesting that kids count on their fingers. How is that a better way that we all learned?

  • jack lovell

    Cube stick? Numbers bond? Hidden partners? I don’t know where to start with the criticism. Maybe at the point where if you don’t use 3D, these are squares. Not cubes. Or maybe at finger painting is art class, not math. Or where do the water molecules in the drawing apply to anything? And what kind of Yakuza clan is cutting off the fingers of kindergarteners? And you are a racist because you aren’t sensitive to the needs of children with webbed fingers. Also you are hateful towards the color-blind.

  • wareaglemom

    hidden partners? oh. my. IDIOTIC. words fail me.

  • wareaglemom

    Maybe the textbook authors smoke pot while writing up lessons. Seems plausible.

  • socalcon

    I think Lib’s brains have a ‘colon bond’.

    • plumberskid

      The problem with liberal brains is that they were only held together at one synapse and then someone prescribed penicillin and POOF!…..

  • gold7406

    brilliant, teaching failure in kindergarten. millions of 5 year old kids will feel like fools
    and so will the teachers.

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ Ice Cold Troll

    Number bond? That’s even more absurd than calling an equation a “number sentence.”

  • numbersnerd

    Best of both worlds: make them too dumb to be employable and REALLY too dumb to know if their welfare checks are correct.

    • http://macsen573.wix.com/overdrive Macsen Overdrive

      That’s why China has it.

  • http://macsen573.wix.com/overdrive Macsen Overdrive

    They shouldn’t even be able to read something like that at that level. I was at the 6th grade level of reading in Kindergarten, and I’m fairly certain I would not have been able to read that in Kindergarten, much less solve it.

  • Sam Cox

    I think the purpose of the Common Core curriculum in general and math problems like this in particular is to drive an intellectual wedge between kids and their parents. By making it impossible for parents to help with homework, kids become dependent on their teachers and alienated from Mom and Dad.

    • plumberskid


    • Duddioman

      Last year when I couldn’t help my daughter with her 10th-grade math homework, I discovered how much I hate Common Core…..

    • louisiana_mom

      Also, to discourage any child that excels at math. It’s not fair that math comes easy to Billy and Johnny has to struggle… with Common Core both students struggle… life is fair!

  • Itchieitchiegoomie

    I have an idea where they should put their cube stick.

  • AMSilver

    So I tried to figure out what the heck they meant by “hidden partners.’ A hidden partner, according to Common Core vocabulary, is an embedded number. When I look up embedding on wikipedia, I get equations that I can’t even copy to discuss due to all the strange symbols and sentences like this: “In other words, an embedding is diffeomorphic to its image, and in particular the image of an embedding must be a submanifold.”

    I have this really wierd feeling that in developing Common Core math, a kindergarten curriculum editor collided with a differential equations teacher, causing them to both drop all their papers, and the CC beaurocrat ended up with a page from the other guy’s curriculum and rather than admit he had no idea how why the new page was there, he just incorporated it into the lesson plans. Sure, embedded numbers belongs in kindie-garten. While you’re at it, why don’t you pull the other one? It’s got bells on it.

    • anjullyn

      I think you’ve actually figured it out. Good job!

    • ImTheNana

      (That’s what happens when you use Wikipedia for a learning tool, heh)

      It’s simply what plus what gives you the given number.

      Example: ‘hidden partners’ of 10: 1&9, 2&8, 3&7, 4&6, 5&5

      • AMSilver

        I didn’t get the hidden partners = embedded numbers from Wikipedia, I got it from a Common Core curriculum guide. In this context, a 1 and a 9 are embedded in 10. That is true. However, the concept of embedding is generally introduced, and *relevant* to much higher forms of math than addition. They’re garbling the mathematical language. It’s ridiculous. What makes more sense: ‘1 and 9 are hidden partners of 10’, or ‘1 and 9 are two numbers that can be added to equal 10’? The first sentence contains exactly 0 mathematical terms (numbers aside) whereas the second contains 3 mathematical terms, is easier to understand, and is straightforward. Which is a kindegartner more likely to understand? Children are only just beginning to grasp the concept of figurative language at the kindegarten age, and here the CC people want to fancy up the language to ‘help’ them. It’s not helping.

        • ImTheNana

          It is ridiculous; I certainly agree. I’m not a CC supporter. I am just taking time to help those who were really not getting it understand, plus explain that while the terminology is CC, the methods and tools (C-rods, counting on fingers, mapping equations) are not.

          Another stupid term? ‘Exit ticket’. The test at the end of the module that determines if the kids understood the concepts presented within the module. What’s wrong with ‘test’? “Your son [daughter] failed the exit ticket.” SMDH

  • Duddioman

    The “hidden partners” are the middle fingers…..

  • Evan Dickinson

    You cannot expect to understand a subject by merely looking at a one sentence problem description. Note that giving children any homework problems without first teaching the subject matter is absurd.

    Is this really what people are scared of? That they don’t know what this is about just by reading the problem description?

    • louisiana_mom

      IF it is sooooo easy, why don’t they give an example problem? This way parents can help their children learn. I was a high school math teacher’s aid for 6 years and I have no clue what this is even asking for! How is the average parent suppose to help their child?

      • Evan Dickinson

        They certainly should. That’s definitely the case. They should take into account the fact that this is new stuff that the parents might not know.

  • Evan Dickinson

    If they are imparting to students that numbers can be thought of as either the number itself or as being composed of different pieces, that could help students understand algebra more intuitively. If students get an intuitive understanding of math hopefully it will be harder for them to get that incredibly destructive hatred of mathematics that everyone and his/her dog likes to spout off about.

  • Ben Kucenski

    Number Bonds are Singapore math. I couldn’t find anything on Google that links “Singapore Math” and “hidden partners.” What is becoming obvious the more these examples are posted, is that Common Core Math is just repackaged Singapore Math as interpreted by people who have no idea how to teach math.

    “Factors are numbers you can multiply together to get another number”

    “_____ are numbers you can add together to get another number” And they filled in the blank with “hidden partners” because public education.

  • Michelle ✓classified

    Cube stick? Number bond? Hidden partners? Dafuq? I have a pretty healthy IQ, but I’m completely dumbstruck to understand what the point of this problem is. Anyone?

    • June Clinkenbeard

      Ha! You’re not alone. I am flabbergasted myself. WTH does it mean?

      • Michelle ✓classified

        I’m stumped. Not only do I not understand cube sticks, number bond and hidden partners, I’m at a total loss to understand what this exercise is getting at. Oh well, thank God when I was in kindergarten, math consisted of 2 + 2 = 4, 5 + 5 = 10 and also thank God the math skills I was taught all throughout school have served me very well as an adult. These kids are screwed.

    • Evan Dickinson

      ” I have a pretty healthy IQ, but I’m completely dumbstruck to understand what the point of this problem is. Anyone?”

      Why would you expect to understand a concept from merely viewing a problem?

      • RJohnston

        Because it’s Kindergarden.

        • Evan Dickinson

          Then why even have them attend kindergarden?

          • Donna Acosta

            Um…I’m pretty sure Michelle’s already completed kindergarten. Judging from her sentence structure and content, I’d guess she’s at least in high school, if not in college or college-educated. Her point is that *she* can’t understand the concept. If she can’t grasp it, why think a 6-year-old might? Given your passion for Common Core, I’m not even surprised you failed to grasp that.

          • Evan Dickinson

            Its different from what was taught to her. Obviously she shouldn’t understand it without the lecture.

            Imbecile. It doesn’t matter how basic it is. Just by being shown a 3×3 grid one unfamiliar with tic-tac-toe is not going to guess the games rules because its impossible. Multiple games could be played on a 3×3 grid.

            And multiple different lesson plans could correspond to that homework description.

    • ImTheNana

      Hidden partners: augend and addend, simplified for kindergarteners as numbers that ‘hide’ inside bigger numbers.

      Example: ‘hidden partners’ of 10: 1&9, 2&8, 3&7, 4&6, 5&5. So you can ‘partner’ 5 cube blocks (Google ‘cuisenaire rods’) with 5 more cube blocks to get a tower of a 10-count cube stick. Not much different than piling 4 blue wooden blocks on 6 red wooden blocks and having your kid tell you ‘how many blocks in this tower?’, is it?

      Number bond? Simple addition that students quickly memorize and can give the sum on sight. Instead of rote memorization, the relation of the numbers is taught, so later, more difficult concepts can be built on top of the knowledge. This is nothing new, even though it now has a silly new name.

      Most things are difficult sans instruction, especially when they change the terminology. I’d guess we’d all be more familiar with the concepts than by what they are calling them. It would be helpful if they sent home more detailed instructions; or maybe they did, and it’s just not included in the example. Shrug.

  • BigRed

    It’s like aliens from an old Dr. Who episode are teaching kids’ math these days. If they fail the class will they be EX-TER-MIN-ATED?!!!!

  • MissDiane50

    Hello!!! What the heck is a “cube stick?”

    • Evan Dickinson

      It would be something they were taught in class to refer to as a cube stick. And I would guess it is those cubes that are attached together.

      Obviously the teacher would have explained how to do it. If not then bad teacher.

      • MissDiane50

        Noooo, REALLY??

        Let me put it another way: What the heck does this cube stick have to do with any sort of math problem? Hmmm??

        • Evan Dickinson

          Uh, who could guess without being present for the lecture?

          • journogal

            You DO realize this is work presented in Kindergarden, correct?

          • Evan Dickinson

            Yes, and do you realize this work is presented in kindergarden in Singapore to much success?

        • ImTheNana

          To put it another way, back at you, what does counting change “have to do with any sort of math problem?”

          You can teach a child hands-on maths by laying out coins and having them show you the relation of the coin values.

          You can use the rods in the same manner.

          And kids get it, when they aren’t inhibited by adults who don’t get it, because they can use both touch and sight to connect concepts with reality in their brains.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Ermm- umm– there was this little thing, back in the day, called an “abacus.” It accomplished the same thing you’re talking about.

            This is all about re-inventing the wheel, in an attempt to create a Tower of Babel, to mix a metaphor.

          • ImTheNana

            Considering how far behind the US is in maths, compared to many countries, using an abacus as an alternative for the rods would not be remiss.

            You say ‘re-inventing the wheel’ like it’s a bad thing. I’d much rather drive on Pirelli tires than hacked up wooden disks.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            In any event, the wheel has to be round, doesn’t it– and I’m not at all convinced that the wheel they’ve invented is, nor that it in fact IS a wheel.

            And yes, teaching kids to use an abacus would hardly be a bad thing in and of itself, as it DOES have the practical application of teaching kids how to make change at the McDonald’s they’ll be working at, after graduating from college with mush degrees, in the event the change-calculator function on their till should go on the blink.

          • ImTheNana

            This sort of dismissiveness is why the US is behind in maths. You, as an adult, may understand maths, as one would expect you to. We are talking about learning a new concept. Did you learn your smartphone by someone droning on and on at you? Or did you pick it up and start ‘playing’ with it until the ‘light bulb’ turned on in your head, so to speak? If they were using the rods, or an abacus, in high school, you’d have a point. These are beginning learners in kindergarten, where hands-on “playing” while learning creates valuable mental pathways.

            Consider learning maths in this manner like the difference between pure theory, and practical application. You can write all the recipes in the world, but until you start putting the cake ingredients together, you probably aren’t going to grasp baking.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I never heard of an abacus that didn’t involve its being hands-on, but maybe that’s just me. It is as easy to introduce children to these concepts, using a device that has been around for thousands of years, and with which their parents might not be completely unfamiliar– at least in terms of knowing what it’s supposed to be and what it’s used for– as long as the parents weren’t themselves shoddily taught in our public education system.

            But then, those Common Core writers would have to acknowledge that there are some methods that can’t really be improved on, and that all they are doing is putting new names to old things in a “Presto!” sleight-of hand. And why pay them to repackage that which didn’t need it in the first place?

          • ImTheNana

            The problem with your theory is that most of us were not taught on an abacus, but rather with other hands-on methods (or not, if you were educated during a time they were discarded). Education, like science, is ever changing because they are trying to determine the best methods for teaching kids. American was severely falling behind, but when the adoption of Singapore maths concepts were introduced, like now, parents balked because *they* didn’t understand it (and eventually it was phased out). I’m guessing they are bringing it back because those parents have moved on, while kids are still struggling behind countries like Singapore, and they are hoping to make a difference this time, raising American education to the standards of the rest of the developed world. (And bring back the abacus, and you’d have a different outcry against that method; it’s an unwinnable argument when people are determined to say ‘I don’t understand it, so it’s dumb’)

            Personally, I’d prefer home education, where the methods can be tailored to the individual student. I don’t think Common Core is a good way to go, at all. But I don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, saying tried and true teaching methods are bad, just because someone used bad terminology and printed the CC standard on the bottom of the worksheet. Tilting windmills just makes us dismissible.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I guaran-damn-tee ya that most schools for the last half-a-century or so have had one o’ these deals in K/grade 1 classes– a form of abacus. If the teacher didn’t know what to do with it, that’s a different story:

          • ImTheNana

            And what makes that better? It’s a similar concept, except it’s one tool instead of a different one. If the parent didn’t know what to do with them, that’s a different story. 😉

          • Moue La Moue

            I am not a supporter of Common Core, but the idea of the Math Cubes is intriguing to me for only a single reason. I have a great youngster who enjoys building things. He’s four, bright and extremely curious. He recently got a set of ‘Quiggets’ which are basically cubes numbered 1-10, along with a video by a company called LeapFrog. At first I thought it was rather kitschy, but then as I watched, I realized that he was teaching himself how to ‘add to’ and ‘take away’ with these little cubes and a catchy little tune that yes, I caught myself singing after a while. He also figured out how to combine different numbers together to get to a single number. 1+4=5 is the same as 3+2=5! Do I like this worksheet? Heck to the no! Do I get the whole Math Cube thing now? Yes, I do. I also like the idea of the abacus, but I’ll admit, I was never exposed to one as a kid. That’s on me, so I think I might go and investigate the uses of one, and then give it over to my kiddo and see how far he can fly! :) Your debate has really inspired me! Thanks to you both! I wonder if (because again, never worked with an abacus) if this might be good for 7-8th grade math as well? Pre-Algebra? We have an older math whiz, and I wonder if she might get a kick out of this? Thanks again! :)

          • ImTheNana

            Your son sounds quite bright for his age. :) Hands-on learning (or kinesthetic learning, or tactile learning, different names for the same thing), no matter which method you settle on as best for your children, really helps build better pathways in the brain for understanding the concepts behind the maths, rather than just memorizing them by rote, and getting lost later in the more advanced maths that build on those early concepts. As I pointed out, it’s how many of us learn things fully, by practical application, rather than theory only. All the best.

          • $71605537

            You’re comparing apples to oranges. Math hasn’t changed much for thousands of years (at least basic math). There’s no need to invent a new way to try and teach it when millions (if not billions) have learned it just fine for centuries. Because after all, we’re only talking about pretty basic math for the most part.

          • ImTheNana

            Respectfully, you are ignoring that this is not a ‘new way’, but a return to an older way *in addition to* what you are used to. Maths is best learned in the early stages by combining hands-on with memorization. It’s why the abacus was used for thousands of years, and why kids build a good maths foundation in this manner. What you are describing is the change, not the ‘just fine for centuries’. The crap terminology is new; the concepts they are describing are not.

    • ImTheNana

      A maths manipulative, aka Cuisenaire Rods, used for hands-on learning of maths concepts. It’s not much different, really, than using change to count, where (in the US) 10 pennies equals 2 nickels equals 1 dime.

      It’s been around since the 1920s in Belgium (albeit limitedly), and popularized and adopted in the US in the 50s-70s. Then, schools stopped using them for about 30 years, and kinesthetic learners fell by the wayside, and we continued to fall behind many countries in maths. They were reintroduced again in recent years. They are just calling it by a different name here, probably for trademark reasons, since the name brand was acquired in 2000 by an American company, ETA.

      Cuisenaire was a music teacher as well as a maths teacher, and he figured out, by understanding why people pick up music quickly, that being able to involve more than one sense, kids both ‘touching’ and ‘seeing’ maths helps make the connection in the brain faster.

      It’s not Common Core. And aside from the language that is confusing adults because it is posted sans detailed instructions, it is a helpful tool for beginner maths.

      • Diggur

        It says Common Core right at the bottom of the page. It’s PRINTED on this math work sheet.

        • ImTheNana

          It says more than ‘Common Core’; did you miss the rest of the bottom of the page? I am not pro-Common Core, at all. But understanding what Common Core is, and what it is not, is essential before one complains about it, lest we look stupid to the proponents of it.

          Common Core are educational standards. The one in play here is listed as “Lesson 2: Models (?) composition and decomposition of numbers to 5 using fingers and linking cube sticks.” That is the Common Core at the bottom of the page.

          The teaching method is not CC; it’s also not new. ‘Do the maths’ (heh). CC was conceived around 2005, and adopted 5-odd years later. The rods have been a teaching tool since the 1920s limitedly, and the 50s-70s more universally.

          • Diggur

            I’m not sure that I understand what you’re getting at, but thank you for pointing out the rest of the info at the bottom of the page. I notice that this is from New York, which explains a lot.

            When this type of math was promoted in the past it caused huge problems. It was dropped in the ’80s for a more rational way of teaching. Now, thirty years later, it’s rearing it’s ugly head again in Common Core. But the math is only one small part of our worries. The thing that bothers me the most is the re-writing of history by the political left, and the villification of conservatives in the children’s lessons. Common Core actually makes the claim that our Founding Fathers were nothing short of terrorists who were overthrowing a legitimate government. They’re refusing to allow Christian children to so much as mention their beliefs, but several school have now voted to allow Muslim children to pray facing Mecca during the school day. There is no “fairness” or truth in this new curriculum, it’s designed to further the agenda of the political left.

          • ImTheNana

            I’d disagree that it caused problems with kids, but rather with the parents that were resistant to a needed change, something more in line with Singapore maths, that make them a world leader in maths. The problems greatly stemmed from parental outrage because it was different, coupled with a[n often self-absorbed] lack of willingness to dig in and assist the teaching, rather than bucking it.

            However, you’d have no disagreement from me regarding the revisionist history.

          • Diggur

            I have to respectfully disagree. I was one of those kids who was totally confused by “new math”. I couldn’t figure it out. My mother couldn’t figure it out. My teachers were terrible at explaining it. My other grades were good, but when I applied for college I had to take some remedial math courses before I was allowed to enter. They were courses that gave you a book to take home, you learned on your own, and then went in to take tests. The book was basic math, taught the easy way. I had no problem with learning it by myself, and went on to take higher math in college without incident. Math should be taught like building blocks – get a good foundation with the basics, and then move on to more abstract concepts.

          • ImTheNana

            I understand you, but I have to giggle at your last sentence. You realise the cubes (rods) are effectively ‘building blocks’, and what you described is exactly the concept? You show the students, visually, that 3+2=5 or 5-3=2 by adding or taking away the connectable cubes. It builds the foundation of which you spoke.

          • Diggur

            I understand what you’re saying. I agree that numbers can be a confusing concept to young children. We have to be able to teach them that numbers apply to many things since they are such an abstract concept at first. I can see using blocks to add and subtract, but this paper is ridiculous. These kids are five years old, and they are being asked to understand a lot more than cube sticks. Cube sticks are not the only element of this lesson. If the parents are having a hard time figuring out what is being taught, then the concept is too confusing for very young children.

          • ImTheNana

            You may be correct, but perhaps you aren’t giving kids enough credit. They understand far more than adults may think they do, and inability of an adult to understand, if they haven’t received instructions, is not the same as kids’ ability to understand (or not) when they have received them.

            Kids in Singapore, for example, are learning the same things, and understanding them (vis-a-vis reportedly better in maths). What makes American kids different?

            Honestly, at first glance even (although I’d have to make sure, probably using the internet, that I understood the wacky terminology), I saw the paper to mean:

            1. Color some of the 5 blocks blue and the rest red.
            2. Using what you coloured as guide, write the total number of coloured blocks in the top circle, the total number of blue blocks in the bottom left circle, and the total number of red blocks in the bottom right circle.
            3. In front of an adult, hold up the number fingers of your left hand that equals the total blue blocks you coloured, and the number of fingers on your right hand that equals the total red blocks you coloured. Colour the two hands on the page accordingly.

            Now, that’s a lot of verbosity, and I can see why math curriculum writers think they need to come up with words that make instructions more concise. The problem lies in not defining the terms for the parents (or the parents ignoring it, if they were defined for them; I’m not sure which), so it appears as if it’s a different language.

            What I guess gets me most of all in these complaints is that the information is available on the same internet that people are using to complain. A more constructive use of time, IMO, would be to try to learn it, and then go see the teacher, if that fails. THEN, complain to get support, and vote down CC by all means; it needs to go. But complaining instead of learning what one needs to learn to help the kids isn’t constructive. Neither are those who knock those who are taking the time to try to help their kid by trying to explain it to the parent, as if the cause is more important than the kid(s).

          • ImTheNana

            P.S. And I would have been slightly wrong (which I should have noticed in the example). It’s actually to draw the number the blocks inside the circle, rather than writing the number. Regardless, not that different than Bob has two oranges and Jane has two apples – how many do they have together. I briefly glanced at the curriculum online that shows the worksheets before this one, and that’s exactly what they do draw, before they move onto blocks/cubes/squares (call them what you will). If you are interested, the packet is here: http://www.engageny(dot)org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/math-gk-m4-full-module.pdf

            By the time the kid got to the worksheet in the example, he or she should know what to do because of the lessons that came before it. If the parents were following along from the beginning, so should they.

          • Diggur

            Thanks for the URL, I’ll take a look at the website.

      • bigbeachbird

        Cuisinaire was AWESOME. We used that; we also used the Math-It game along with “How Stevie Learned His Math” to teach the facts. My kids were able to memorize ALL their addition and multiplication facts in less than a month. Not to mention they were able to manipulate number groupings (what they are TRYING to teach with their stupid “number bonds” concept) in their heads.

        • ImTheNana

          Weren’t they called something like ‘family groups’ or some nonsense at one point? Yeah, the problem isn’t the concepts are bad; they actually are very good in general, and absolutely rock for kinesthetic learners (like my now-grown son is, as am I). This new terminology sucks eggs, even when you understand what they are talking about, but I’m not sure any terminology would be ‘acceptable’ to everyone. Using the formal terms would tick some group off because we were making their kids work too hard to learn the difficult words. Dumbing the terms down isn’t the answer either, though.

          • TVree

            Why not number groups instead of bonds? Kindergarten students and adults understand groups.

            I understand the concepts just fine,. It’s the presentation that is severely lacking. And the source material that is used to teach is overwhelmingly complicated for no reason.

            You’re absolutely correct that the brain does better when what is heard is reinforced with what is held and written.

            The method, whether it’s been proven for decades, is pointless if the delivery fails.

            I just pray this gets corrected soon.

            It’s also hard to argue that cc is working when there are frequent complaints. And not just a one-sided political way. Teachers, parents, children, and academics have all complained.

            It’s time to for the states and the Fed to listen and make adjustments.

      • MissDiane50

        Excuse me, but I’m in my 40s … And my school didn’t use this so-called math crap from Belgium!

        • ImTheNana

          Sorry to hear that. That might be why you are having difficulty grasping the concepts in the example, then. And it’s not ‘math crap from Belgium’; it’s a maths tool that is used to teach concepts. Just like the slide rule is not ‘math crap from England’, or the electronic calculator is not ‘math crap from Japan’.

  • TeaPartyLee

    This is why we home school.

    Exposing your children to these merchants of ignorance should be a hanging offense.

    • Diggur

      Hooray for you guys! I love to hear about parents who are taking responsibility for their children’s futures! We home schooled, and it was the best thing that we could have done.

    • bigbeachbird

      We also home schooled. And my kids became honors students in the university, AND still managed to maintain their conservative values!

  • BaconMan

    The geniuses that designed this problem don’t even know the difference between cubes and squares…unbelievable

  • buddygonzo

    Those aren’t cubes – they’re squares.

  • Rightside

    Dumb down students, so they will be pliant, willing voters for the democrat party, and become dependent on taxpayer handouts for life.

  • gridlock2

    If we want to improve the math performance of our children, we should dock their pinky fingers like you would a sheep’s tail and teach them to count on their remaining fingers in Base 8. They would take over the World.

  • Mumblix

    And to top it all off they used the Comic Sans font!

  • Roadster73

    Jazz hands?

  • Chaplain Michael

    In Soviet America, all boxes the same comrade. Same color, no winners, no racists. If child makes more than one color, to be calling your local community navigator.

  • Kinda

    Could you imagine financial statements being reported as bonded pairs, cubes and fingers? How about preparing taxes that way … What are the bonded pairs you share with the IRS based on your income from all sources (don’t forget the value of the presents you received for your birthday, Christmas, etc.) Also, aren’t cubes 3 dimensional? This is 2 dimensional … just squares (only if each side is equal size).

    • ImTheNana

      Do you often have kindergartners do your financial statements and taxes?

      Cubes are, and that’s what they would be using in class, hands-on. The squares are the representation of those cubes on paper.

  • Ricki J Mattert

    I wonder how many kids colored there fingers. o_O

  • 24601

    We’ve replaced 1, 2, 3…. with squares called cubes. It’s worse than I thought.

  • AZWarrior

    I’d like to color my middle finger and showed it to these Commie Core a$$holes.

  • Mike Gable

    Well, I can see I won’t be much help for my granddaughter in kindergarten math, WTF?!

    • bigbeachbird

      Actually, you should convince the parents of your granddaughter to keep her OUT of public school and teach her at home while it is still legal. I am so thankful that my kids finally decided to do that with MY grandkids…

  • Tara

    My favorite part of this is the label “Common Core lesson” at the bottom. I hear a lot of people claiming that the common core is NOT the math. Hmmm.


    Please explain..WHAT this is..I have no idea what to say or comment on..thanks “Folks”

  • Randy Anderson

    And we wonder why our children can’t even read after graduating high school!

  • conserv&preserve

    I think I am pretty smart, but what the hell!!

  • icy69hot

    Who ever came up with this crap must be related to “Lenny” from the book “Of Mice and Men”, because they truly are “RETARDED” and should never be around children teaching.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “I done a bad thing again, George, didn’t I? Tell me about the rabbits…”

      “Look over yonder, Lenny– yeah, that’s right– and just picture it in yer mind, about all them rabbits, ‘n’ chickens, and suchlike…yeah, just keep on doin’ it, Lenny… (*”BANG!”*)”

  • Greg Minton

    What the “F” is that

  • Margaret Sanchez Karau

    Common Core math reminds me of Obama math.

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/True-North/240907916219?ref=bookmarks Doug Curtis

    Our school doesn’t have Common Core, but I noticed some teachers are downloading Common Core material. They’re starting with “safe” things like a little booklet on President’s Day. I looked through it, and it seemed harmless (they have to start small). There was one weird thing in it that I just not sure what they meant by it because it was written badly: “Abraham Lincoln ended slavery and kept out country together. Not everyone was happy with President Lincoln. One man was so angry that he killed Abraham. Americans are lucky that Abraham Lincoln Lived.”

    Um? Makes it sound like he rose from the dead.

  • spunknik

    “hidden partners on your fingers” ?

    Was this written by that guy, Kevin Jennings, who wanted to teach kids about fisting?

  • iam4everamazed

    What amazes me is that the people who came up with this stupidity are NOT educators! None of them have actually spent a lot of time teaching in classrooms. Please, please, fight back if you see your children doing these worksheets. I have seen worksheets online that defy the imagination!

  • http://www.meninosjogos.com.br/ Carlos Cunha

    What the f*** is this!?

  • Wonder Pony

    One of the “core” principals of divide and conquer is “First you change the language.” Well we’ve seen plenty of that already foisted on our otherwise naturally evolving American-English here in the US. What better way to divide than to artificially change the one universal language, Mathematics?

  • Courtney Haynes

    It’s my understanding that commoncore does not tell teachers HOW to teach, but merely sets certain standards for what must be learned from grade to grade. So, it would seem this is not the fault of commoncore, but a particular school.

    Furthermore, just because you are too stupid to understand your kid’s homework does not mean that it is a poor method of teaching. Lots of people are plainly just stupid at math. Secondly, we do not know if these children have already learned what “hidden partners” are. Just because you do not know the lingo or one child does not understand the lingo does not mean it is a failure. Lastly, I do not know if you are guilty of this, but it is hypocritical of Republicans to go around saying that school have been “dumbed down” and then turn around and complain that it is too hard and makes no sense to them.

    This concern-trolling over common core is quite plainly irrational and empty. Post real statistics or studies of how it is a “failure”. But this methodology only makes you guys look desperate.

    • George Murrey

      It’s about teaching the same problem across the nation on the same day. So schools will run into problems if a school had to cancel because of inclement weather, or an assembly. The same is true with reading, but even worse. Johnny from Upstate New York moves to small town midwest and finds out he’s behind. Does that make Johnny an at risk student? No. That’s the real problem with common core, not everybody will be on the same page.
      Common Core, in the long, is selling the kids short.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      It is the unnecessary complication of what should be fairly-straightforward concepts, with the concomitant subliminal message to the children that “Mathematics is hard work!”, that is being complained of hereabouts.

    • tedZilla99

      Two things:
      1. Your “understanding” about Common Core is wrong, so that makes most of the rest of your silly diatribe meaningless. Common Core is a complete curriculum, not just standards. Get your facts straight, difficult as it may be for a leftist.

      2. That “math” question posted for a kindergartner makes no sense. This, and many others posted here and other places, show the curriculum as being overly obtuse for teaching simple concepts. It emphasizes the process, rather than the result, and it has been shown that if you have an interesting way to get 2+2=5, then you pass. That DOES make the schools “dumbed down” because when a child leaves a grade without basic knowledge, because the standards don’t require it, the child and the system are below the necessary achievement levels for the real world.

      Side note – just heard that they are simplifying the SAT, so there will be more uneducated Occupy types with massive college debt and no skills for any jobs that might be out there. There is a very good reason that government education was a key element of the communist manifesto.

    • Diggur

      Courtney, you may be too young to remember that this type of math was tried in the ’70s. It created a generation of people who hated and didn’t understand math. Also, if you look at the bottom of the page – which does show – you will see that it specifically says “Common Core”. This is not a suggested way of teaching, this is the curriculum.
      Also, Common Core is affecting much more than math. They are changing history to suit the progressive agenda. They are openly calling conservative people anti-American. If the Right ever did anything like this all of the Progressives would be screaming bloody murder. Why is it okay for your side to use these kind of tactics? Remember, this is setting a precedent. Do you really want that to happen?

      • Onyx

        If Common Core is distorting history, I’d like to see evidence of that posted. Seems like it’d be a lot less subjective than this incessant whining about how math is taught to elementary school kids. My third-grader doesn’t have chairs in his classroom; they sit on bounce balls. My second-grader is encouraged to bring small objects to school to “fidget” with during class to help her listen. That’s how “progressive” our school is… so I’m sympathetic to objections to new-fangled approaches, but honest to god, the politicization of the math curriculum by Twitchy is misguided and ridiculous.

        • Diggur

          Common Core’s distortion of history has been all over the news. I’m sure that you can Google it and find many articles.
          I am not an educator, but I did home school both on my daughters. (Who went on to graduate from college with honors.) So I don’t know why it is necessary for children to sit on bouncy balls and have things in their hands to distract them. It doesn’t make any sense to me since they will be expected to be able to pay attention at work and at college when they get older.

  • Wasatch_Rebel

    It might help if you could take a picture of the entire document.

  • mackthefit

    I have no idea what it is asking. None of it makes bit of sense.

  • Don Burton

    Reminds me of a joke by the late great comedian Tim Wilson: “Democrats always say we need to spend more [on education]. H***, I can teach math with a stick in the dirt!”

  • Kay Headley

    I’d like to show one hidden partner on my fingers … to the yahoos who actually wrote CC and the super yahoos who made it mandatory.

  • Guyg

    The answer is “Klaatu barada nikto”.For sure.

  • Outinrightfield

    Shall I send my Commie Core applied form 1040 to Lois Lerner?

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    Good thing I graduated two years ago!

  • dmar003

    huh? when I was that age we did simple math, 1+1=2, 2+2=?. who in this world is making this s### up? it sure is not a teacher, maybe a government teacher.

  • Denise mom of 3

    I just had a Common Core math meltdown with my 8 year old. I finally showed her the “real” way to subtract double digits and it made sense to her. Common Core is ridiculous.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    Look like the same math Obama used to pass Obamacare.

  • TVree

    Per a friend who has to teach this crap in Florida:

    Since I’m “teaching” this stuff, I can tell you that the “GOAL” of this type of math problem is to show that there are more than one way to make the number 5. It is teaching combinations of numbers. In a 1st grade classroom, stdts would complete the work, then share their answers. A chart would be made of the different combinations that stdts shared. There is SOME good in “discovery” learning, but there is still a place for skill and drill, too. I’m NOT a fan of common core. This is what we’re told we’re supposed to teach.

    Bottom line: Common Core has partnered with Excedrin in an effort to increase sales of migraine meds.

    • Maryland_Malcontent

      Ugh, mandating groupwork as a learning mechanism? That should never be done, groupwork should be stricken from the curriculum. Groupwork ultimately degrades to one “smart” person and a bunch of slackers. What is the point of teaching kids to rely on others for the whole answer? Mandated groupwork is great for lazy teachers and for promoting communism but that’s about it.

      I remember having to use cubes, candy and sticks in elementary school, but it was foolishness that served no purpose but to give us kids toys to goof off with. When we went back to working math problems we returned to learning.

      Why does it require hands, colored pencils/crayons and this Tootsie Roll-esque “number cube stick” hoojit to learn relations between numbers? I’m under the impression that having to count on one’s hands was a sign that one is an idiot.

  • Saltporkdoc

    All this Common Core controversy (?) proves what conservatives have known about regressives [sic] all along! Their catch phrase “common sense” is neither common, sensical nor meaningful!

  • MaxVoltz

    It’s a multiple choice and the answers are : A) It’s Bush’s/GOP’s fault B) Fix immigration reform C) you’re a racist or D) All of the above. Our indoctrination centers..er, ah, I mean public schools are so cutting edge!

  • sb36695

    Haven’t you noticed? We’re in a race to the bottom!

  • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

    If someone asks me how to get from point A to point B, I
    first tell them how to get there by the highway. Once they are sure they can do
    that, THEN I tell them about the alternate routes to take in case of a traffic

    • ImTheNana

      First, you should probably make sure they can follow directions, and know how to drive the car.

  • sustantivo

    I know which finger I’d show to CC…

  • http://avpixlat.info/ Gunilla Skoglund

    A lunatic designed this test, the intention is to make everyone fail.

    • MrApple

      Then everyone is equal.

  • Mickey O’Brien

    This is kindergarten? Whatever happened to “See Dick run. See Jane run. See Sally run. Run Sally, run!” What the hell is a “number bond”? And for what purpose is Mr. Hands there?

  • bob

    It’s about sets and classification, I think, that is, Boolean Algebra, but I don’t think this is the way to teach this concept to kindergarten students. Use blocks. Color something else.

  • Mick

    Hold up both hands in front of your face with the palms of your hands facing yourself. Next, curl your thumb and all your fingers, except the middle finger of both hands, down. Show your teacher. The anwer is 2.

  • Roger Skelton

    How else are we going to dummy down America ?…. How by the dumb-ass Americans that are letting this happen !…. also, looks like Islamic mathematics being taught, why I say that… there’s a finger gone/cut off one of the hands and I’m not Islam-a-phobia… I just know the truth about Islam, where most dumb-asses don’t…. America has too many dumb-asses and too many running things… especially in Washington DC…. don’t like what I said, TUFF this is the internet if your feelings get hurt than get off the internet and read a news paper or a book instead, also I live in America the greatest country the world has ever known and what I say is protected by the 1st amendment…. so, go cry in some Muslim Islamic website or blog or country.

  • Leigh

    Sadly, there are efforts all across America, even in rural Rockingham County, NC where I reside, to remove any school board officials who question or attempt to resist the Common Core curriculum in our government schools.

  • Bob Kiah

    This child can’t even print her name nicely, let alone in cursive. Teachers now are the ones born in the 60’s, to the Height Ashbury idiots of San francisco.

  • James hegarty

    Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up then call me in the morning. Common Core Migraine.

  • Dan

    I have a finger for Common that is in no way hidden!

  • James McClellen
  • Evie1949

    It would be important to know if the private school to which the Obama children are in attendance is using Common Core. The reason this is important is that only children going to these private schools like Sojourner will actually educated. For those pushing Common Core it is important as well to make certain there are no private schools with voucher systems for the under privileged to attend as a means to completely defeat the poor from getting educated.

    The specious argument regarding the numbers of public school system using Common Core, is destroyed when one realizes that the federal dollars coming to those school systems will only come in if they utilize Common Core standards. Also, defenders of Common Core keep repeating that Common Core only provides minimum standards, which is of no more substance than pointing to the numbers of school systems in the program. The Common Core provides text books, online study material, and all tests and workbooks and study material for each course. The teachers just simply hand out the materials – there is nothing from the teachers to enrich the program. All school systems had minimum standards before Common Core so there is no value added by turning over the entire right of the individual states to educate their students to the federal government and to allow the federal government indoctrinate rather than teach. Some school administrators have begun to realize the problem and have started reacting as some states to the federal dollars for roads being tied to 55 mph speed limits – they simply refused the federal money and took care of the roads on their own and kept the speed limit that the residents wanted.

    The Federal government collects taxes from each state according to the ability of that state to pay, to send back to the various states according to need of the states for Federally mandated spending. The States should just cut out the middle man and keep the taxes within the state for roads and schools.

  • DallenH

    Designed to make “parents” seem dumb and teachers smart. Don’t listen to your parents, become part of the collective.

  • drw

    Cubes? Really? I see squares and circles. Perhaps I’m missing the third dimension element of this (piece of paper) on my 2 dimensional computer screen. In my experience the only way to represent a 3 dimensional object on paper is with an isometric projection. It seems to me that whatever you attempt to teach a young mind should at least be consistent with what you would wish them to learn in the future. “Math” problem aside, this is a wonderful example of the decline in standards of the education of our children.

    • ImTheNana

      Squares are representative on the page of the cubes the kids would be working with hands-on.

      • drw

        Doesn’t change the fact that they’re squares. If they are supposed to represent cubes they should be drawn as such. Perhaps it would be better to use something for their “hands on” work that wouldn’t confuse them later in life.
        Picking nits? You Betcha. But since our earliest experiences form the foundation of the remainder of our existence, a few nits should be well worth the trouble.

  • MrApple

    Wow, I hope this crap is fixed/changed by the time my little ones reach school age.

  • billkoch

    Looks like the students are designing the problems, not educators. If educators are in fact doing the design work, they must be non-Math majors, and for that matter non-educators.

    • prado4587

      It’s scary because its based on the number bond system. In this case the way the boxes are colored, 5 would go in the top circle and 1 and four in the bottom bonds. We can’t have this information on equations in our schools! Students might go on to write computer code with it or something else treacherous. http://learnzillion.com/lessons/3142-find-unknowns-by-creating-number-bonds

  • Jon Galt

    Common Core is very simply future starvation. Our children will be so dumb they won’t even know to drop their pants before urinating, let alone where to get food or how to eat.

    Thankfully, it will mostly affect the libtarded, so after awhile it will greatly improve the gene pool.

    Wishing all the libtards out there a quick and painless death. Must better than starving to death, and that will be your only alternative once the fundamental transformation is complete.

    Praise the Lord, pass the ammo, and stay out of my way.

  • MrPete

    At least one bit DOES make sense. It’s just another phrase for same-old-same-old. “Number bond” IS exactly “Addition Fact.” 2+5=7 is a “number bond”. They are just emphasizing that these go together, and kids need to know a bunch of them. It’s not even a new phrase.
    Now… WHY in the world they expose kids and parents to such complex language, I have no clue. Just because an academic educator uses such terms doesn’t mean the same thing belongs in an elementary school workbook!

  • ImTheNana

    My suggestion? Have a meeting with the teacher. Learn the terminology, no matter how silly you find it. Instead of just knee-jerking and bucking the system for the sake of it, try seeing if the concepts themselves are actually easy to grasp and worthwhile to be taught. Down the road, the silly terms won’t be what sticks in the child’s mind. It will be the concepts he or she learned, and how those concepts are built on to learn the more difficult concepts. Dismissing the entire thing, out-of-hand, because you weren’t present for the explanation is as bad as the passing of Obamacare without reading it.

    • Eric

      I heartily object to much of this. Yes, learning the terminology will help, but why must they change the terminology when the math community at large has been using other terms for decades? What is the point of creating new terminology for the same concepts? The “hidden partner” is a great example. According to the manual, “Hidden partner is that number you use to fill in the blank: 1+__ = 5 –> 4 is your hidden partner.” In every other version of math I’ve ever taken, that’s called a variable.

      Second, I think you’re wrong and the silly terms WILL stick in the mind. How many people here still “borrow ten,” “regroup” or “refactor”? Yes, the concepts stick as well, ATTACHED to the names.

      • ImTheNana

        I don’t think they should, and I said many times on this topic that the terminology sucks. But a parent complaining here that it sucks, *instead of* learning it so they can help the child learn, is not doing the child justice.

        Maybe for some people, but I’d bet the greater portion do not even think “well, now I borrow one from the tens column”, and instead just perform the maths.

    • Otto

      I think you should change your name to: I’m the Nana State

      • ImTheNana

        Thank you for your input, but I hate Common Core. But I recognise that kids are still learning under it, and we need to help them, rather than just sitting back and complaining about it. Yes, we need to stop it or repeal it. But complaining online isn’t doing anything but complaining. Trying to help parents of children who are now subjected to the standards comprehend what is CC and what is not, as well as understanding concepts that are ‘old fashioned’, that it is just the stupid terminology that makes it confusing, is important.

        Or you can just sit back and make snide remarks, if that suits you better.

        • Otto

          But I like to make snide remarks.

          • ImTheNana

            Yes, I can now see you are one of those who are not satisfied with their bridge. All the best to you then.

    • TVree

      I understand what you mean. Don’t necessarily agree, but you make a good point.

      The real issue I have with common core — and it’s the same theme across the majority of the people exposed to it (and I might add the majority that don’t want it) is that this is an over-complicated mess. Instead of memorizing, and reinforcing the commitment to long-term memory by repeated exercises in the memorization of the math tables — a process that has been used around the world and is proven to work — they are using a method that takes multiple steps to solve a simple problem. 1+1 = 2 … not [x] [][][][] remove the 4 boxes, keep the 1, now break apart this other cube stick. Now you have 2, with 8 cubes that will make up 10. Base-5 and Base-10 math is overkill for Kindergarten work.

      That is the issue.

      See my post below on what the handbook the teachers actually use. The exercise example (one of many out of the guide) is making it more difficult for 3 years to learn, not easier.

      I agree with your assessment though — don’t dismiss out of hand. As someone who has read the entire workbook, I’m still on the side that Common Core should be removed.

      • ImTheNana

        As am I. I just don’t want to see the kids’ education at risk for the sake of outrage when there are is a simple solution that can serve while the process of removing Common Core is pursued.

  • joeymegatron

    The sad thing is that millions of kids who aren’t taught by their parents the real way people use numbers will be forever cursed to debilitating “innumeracy” and the inability to grasp what numbers really mean and how those numbers affect their lives. They will be mathematical illiterates, doomed to low paying jobs in dead end careers.

  • daPenguin

    I can’t help think of an old Steve Martin routine about talking wrong in front of your brother’s kids when they are young and then when they go to school they will talk gibberish!! Seems like common core may have listened the that routine as well.

    • TVree

      Can I go moo-moo in the banana patch?

      Classic Steve Martin! LOL

      • Tom Reynolds

        It’s, “Can I mamma dog face in the banana patch?”. “Give that kid a special test, get him outta here.” Classic.
        Always remember to keep a litter bag in your car. It doesn’t take up too much space and when it gets full, you can just toss it out the window. Thank you, goodnight everybody.

  • joeymegatron

    You can bet ‘do-gooder’ jerks like Gates (Soros is probably involved) are teaching their own children the correct way to do math.

  • TVree

    it took me an hour to make sense of the teachers handbook for this lesson plan (can be found online). The more I read, the more infuriated I became:

    Number bonds… you enter the three numbers of the equation in the circles. 1, 4, 5. Premise: 5 relates to 1 and 4 either by 5-1=4; 1+4=5; 4+1=5; 5-4=1, etc

    Cube Stick is a prop that you can break apart/color the 5 units to demonstrate the math

    Hidden partner is that number you use to fill in the blank: 1+__ = 5 –> 4 is your hidden partner.

    Now for the lesson, the child colors in some of the boxes in the “cube stick” blue and red. Then number the bonds (circles) based what was colored in … for example 1 (blue), 4 (red) and 5 in the last circle.

    Overall, complicating a simple subject for no good reason.

    Check out the lesson plan:

    “Overview of Module Topics and Lesson Objectives”

    Lesson 1: Model composition and decomposition of numbers to 5 using actions, objects, and drawings.

    Lesson 2: Model composition and decomposition of numbers to 5 using fingers and linking cube sticks.

    Lesson 3: Represent composition story situations with drawings using numeric number bonds.

    Lesson 4: Represent decomposition story situations with drawings using numeric number bonds.

    Lesson 5: Represent composition and decomposition of numbers to 5 using pictorial and numeric number bonds.

    Lesson 6: Represent number bonds with composition and decomposition story situations.

    These are lesson guides for Kindergarten!

    From the same lesson guide, here’s an example on how to demonstrate the assignments to the kindergartener:

    Concept Development (25 minutes)

    Materials: (T) 3 hula hoops, colorful masking tape, template graphic of birds (S) Number bond template and 5 cubes

    Before the lesson begins, prepare a large number bond template on the classroom floor using hula hoops and tape, and place the template graphic of birds on the board.

    T: We are going to play a game today! Student A, please come and stand in this hula hoop. (Direct the student to stand in one part of the “number bond.”) Students B and C, please come stand in this hula hoop. (Direct students to stand in the other part.) What do you notice?

    S: There are two students in one hoop and one in the other.

    There are three students standing up. One hoop is still empty. There are some lines on the floor, too!

    T: Yes, there are some special paths on the floor

    connecting our hoops. I am going to make a picture to show our friends right now. (Construct visual of the number bond on the board showing two students in one part and one in the other.)

    T: Let’s pretend the students are all going to a party.

    Please walk along the tape paths to get to the party.

    Don’t fall off the path! What do you notice now?

    S: Now all three of them are in one hoop!

    T: So we started with one student in one hoop and two in the other. Now we have all three students in one hoop! Let me put that in my picture. (Complete the pictorial number bond on the board.) 1 student and 2

    students together makes…

    S: 3 students!

    Is this really how we want to be teaching math to 3~5 year olds?

  • David Dickey

    what the hell did the problem ask me to do besides color some blocks and paint my nails?

  • hatsylady

    I’ll take 5 number bonds please and make mine RED. I prefer my stocks to be blue. My bail bonds should be black and white striped.

  • bobbyt1964

    It’s very frightening to realize that Jaiden and his generation will be in control when we are all in homes and entirely dependent upon our pensions and social-security…

  • Angie Kaucic

    what the hell is a hidden partner?? or a number bond?? Since when do kindergartners have homework?!?

    • brewster101

      It’s explained to the class before homework is assigned. Just as it was when you were in school (the teacher did not walk into the room, assign homework, and then leave. They taught the class a lesson, fully explained what you would be doing and how to do it, made you practice it numerous times in class, THEN assigned the homework which was a direct application of that lesson).

  • coneil5150

    IF YOUR PARENT COULDN’T HELP WITH 3rd GRADE MATH are you really going to ask for help with your 5th grade History or Science haven’t they embarrassed you enough ?

  • BarfromLV

    I always enjoy reading the notices sent home from my granddaughter’s school. One of the latest informed the parents that the formerly “kiss and Go area” will now be for “busses” only! And that wasn’t the only misspelling and grammar mistake. The letter was from the princippal who has a PhD.

  • Lori

    Keep them uneducated, then they’ll be sure to support the Liberals because they won’t be smart enough to figure out the truth.

    • brewster101

      It’s weird, then, that the more educated one is, the more likely they are to be liberal. Whatever they bring, just don’t let any facts stand in the way of your opinions. Stay strong!

  • AlCashier

    we’d take that away from our child and teach them properly. and we would take that paper and shove it back at the teacher with our scorn and derision. this communist commoncore nonsense has got to be STOPPED.

  • AlCashier

    the more ignorant the children are, the more math-frustrated the children are, the more reliant on the state and the more passive and submissive they will be as young adults to the state. = they are being indoctrinated as totally ignorant & compliant worker drones.

  • Zathras11 @B5

    Has anyone shown with to Gene Simmons? He was praising Common Core not that long ago.

  • John

    This is a pretty big misrepresentation about what common core is. Common core is actually how the top countries in the world is taught. This is just a silly and really bad assignment. Common core restructures how math is taught in a much better way. How the current practice is, we teach kids about 20 different standards in a year, and then pretty much repeat it over and over the following years removing and adding 1-2 standards each year. Common core essentially focusing on 4-5 standards the whole year to make sure kids have a full grasp of the concept, and the next year they work on a new set of standards. As of now students can just coast by never learning a standard, every year failing that topic and never fully understanding it.

  • Gary Honeycutt

    This has been put in the public schools by our elitist politicians. I’d bet this is not what their kids are being taught.
    An uneducated populace is easier to rule. In most old kingdoms, only royalty could read. In any given village a government official or priest had to read to the locals.

  • lukuj

    I taught for 30 years, and I am with you. This junk does NOT work.

    • Evan Dickinson

      This is taught in Singapore.

      • no_limit_neckbeard

        Then go live there, libtard! This crap is NOT math!

        • Evan Dickinson

          Yes we must not look at other places in the world. Singaporean students win all sorts of math awards in disproportion to their number.

          And how can you say this is not math? This is literally math. It is literally them teaching children the way numbers work together. If you think that is not math you are an imbecile.

          • brewster101

            Look, its sadly a self-fulling prophecy going on here. These are ‘typical’ Americans, subjected to ‘typical’ American math standards, which means 30 years behind everyone else in the world (including some developing countries). And most likely, being typical Americans, they didn’t even do all that well. So they got like a B in inferior math, which corresponds to a D in other countries. They were indoctrinated and brain-washed to believe Americans are the BEST in EVERYTHING that really matters (e.g. flipping burgers, shooting baskets, running and jumping, making piss beer, violence, etc.), so internally they react very violently to the idea that other countries are better at something. What is hilarious is they point to America’s accomplishments in science and engineering as “proof” that we do STEM (particularly math) better than anyone, except that really reflects the truth of 50 years ago. And, those engineers and scientists of 50 years ago who were part of that elevation of America in science and engineering would be the first to support Common Core, they would be first to admit that other countries are surpassing us – HAVE surpassed us – and that we need to wake-up to that fact.

          • Evan Dickinson

            “They were indoctrinated and brain-washed to believe Americans are the BEST in EVERYTHING that really matters”

            Yes, this is the height of arrogance. It makes me enormously sad when in debates the audience will clap at the compliments directed at them.

            USA is the best! I think americans are the hardest workers in the world! I think USA is fundamentally special! If you disagree you’re not an American! (All these compliments are people looking in the mirror and complimenting themselves)

            If we are a great country we don’t have to say it constantly. People in OTHER countries will sing it from the mountaintops. We on the other hand should be constantly looking for ways to improve.

            Anyone who cares only about appearances is part of the downfall of this nation.

  • Spamalot

    I just showed this to a guy with a PhD in physics. This is a person who can do calculus in his head. He asked me what is the purpose – what is it trying to solve? It made no sense to him either. No wonder American kids are so stupid.

  • Joninwm

    Does “show the hidden partners on your fingers to an adult” mean lesbians that are still in the closet should be shown to an adult?

  • Traveling Guy

    The students who can figure the homework out will be drafted into the NSA for cytological work. They will become the rulers of all information. All others will work as drones for the new world order. (See, it does all make sense.)

  • Orpheus75

    this should actually show the mentality of the dolts that thought this garbage up.

  • Duke LaCroix

    what the f@#$ is a number bond?

  • CasualMeyhem

    Did it three times. Keeps coming up “Obama is God”

  • no_limit_neckbeard

    This problem is stupid!

    • Guest

      Yes it is, much in the same way many Einsteins and Edisons (and other geniuses) had teachers who thought they were borderline
      retarded, because the adults were imbeciles compared to their pupil. Except,
      YOU are like that teacher who can’t even understand or recognize the
      superiority of this “gobbledegook” math. Let’s get serious here. Do you ever remember your math teachers, at the very beginning of class, passing out a worksheet full of problems that you have never done before and don’t understand, expecting you to solve these problems without a full explanation or lesson of what was going on? Yeah, me neither. And neither would this “homework” EVER be given to children without a full explanation or lesson in what they are doing, including terms that will be used, such as “number bond”. The teacher is going to show them multiple examples of this type of problem, in which these terms are going to be used, and the context of the math application, AND have them practice it several times (at least) in class, BEFORE sending them home to do it on their own. Kids are typically in each class for one hour. What do you think the teacher is doing for 45 ~ 50 minutes prior to assigning this homework, talking about how good is the fishing at the local lake? No, there will be a fully explanatory lesson, and the homework assigned will be reinforcement and application of THAT lesson.

  • Julia Piatt

    Is it only the math curriculum? Surely there must be examples of other subjects being “dumbed down” or just plain crazy. And why is there no focus on what is really wrong with common core? It’s the same thing that is/was wrong with “no child left behind”. Or was I the only one bothered by those ridiculous government legislated education standards?

  • Mark_Trail

    Have you ever noticed that it’s real popular today to say, “Don’t judge me!” and the standards used to judge whether a kid gets a passing grade or not are based on standards judged by the elites to be politically correct ones?

  • UtMadman

    What the hell?

  • Marilyn

    I’m tutoring three children in a family that have been taught this way. Even the 12 year old does not have a clear grasp of her addition and subtraction number facts, or the times table for multiplication, or division. They have never learned them accurately. So, they know how to go through these steps, but they don’t get the correct answers. The mother was the one who caught the fact that her children don’t know how do any of these problems accurately. So we are back to the basics helping them memorize what they should have learned along the way.

  • Mike

    Obama’s way of bringing grades up for everyone! Just make the work stupid so anyone can get it right because anything goes!

    What a stupid idiot he is. He is trying to dumb us down and what should happen is Conservatives should home school their children. They should work in groups and get either husbands or wives who have off during the week in their neighborhoods to teach the kids real lessons so Obama’s Liberals can grow to be stupid going to Public school and the Conservatives will eventually have all the jobs which require intelligence and the liberals can all keep crying for 15 an hour at McDonald’s eventually.



    • brewster101

      I see what you did there!

  • BetseeRoss

    Hmm. Somehow I believe “If you had 4 marbles and found 1 more, how many would you have?” is much easier to understand. Another thing. How many kindergarten kids could read, let alone understand, the instructions?
    If this is the approach by NYC schools, no wonder they have so many drop outs!

  • mrmike

    Communist Core is a much better description. The minds of the people that wrote CC are from the Twilight Zone. And I used to think that show was fiction !

  • Rob Erta

    Since the liberty used by the few willing to take advantage of it is more important than any freedom we all might use, to restrict liberty to that which all might use is a fatal mistake.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    We just got through reading the poignant, Ms. Phyllis Schlafly column and we thought others would really benefit from it. We gave her an A++ !

    Source: http://www.eagleforum.org
    Phyllis Schlafly 3/5/14
    Moms Protesting Common Core


  • Jared Small

    This is a simple debate about a poorly written un-proofed text that should not have made it to the classroom. It deserves ridicule. Perhaps because of ridicule the producers of the text might pay more attention so that they will avoid embarrassment in the future.

    The teaching method was poor it deserves ridicule as well.

    I suggest we post the publishers name when these get posted.

    Ridicule of stupidity should not be confused with being anti-learning.

  • Nannette McGowan

    So I checked to see the reasoning behind this. It’s because children in Singapore do so well in math, they decided to mimic it. But they’re ignoring that in Singapore, the most common method of writing is vertical columns and they go from right to left. This is going to do one thing really well and that’s confuse the parents, the teachers and the kids.

    A grand but failed attempt by educators to pretend they are using global thinking to improve something as simple as basic math.

    • Evan Dickinson

      Why would having vertical column writing instead of horizontal change anything in a significant way?

      • Nannette McGowan

        I thought it was rather self-explanitory. If they write in columns and start on the right side of the page with subsequent columns moving toward the left, it would be reasonable to assume that they would view math differently than we do. We teach our youngest children math in a structure similar to our sentence form, such as 3+5=8. What I found is that all basic math in Singapore is done using the triangle structure instead. They still teach the children the concept of objects, such as 3 apples and 5 oranges makes 8 pieces of fruit, but the structure of the mathmatics equation is written as a triangle.

    • brewster101

      Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Finland, Switzerland, and {insert pretty much any country against whom American students are increasingly unable to compete here}. There is a reason so many foreign students are getting accepted and graduating from math-heavy STEM programs at American universities, and it’s NOT because they are being given a preference for having brown skin or slanted eyes. It’s because they can survive the math rigor at university while American students increasingly CANNOT. On average, the math competency of countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, or Japan represents approx. 3 years gap in instruction. IOW, their 2nd graders are doing math that our kids don’t see or learn until (approx) 5th grade. If their kids can do it, so can American kids, if their parents want it or believe it is important enough. We get the America we deserve!

      • Nannette McGowan

        Over the past 40 years, U.S. students have been testing lower and lower in math and English. Just 40 years ago, it was rare for U.S. students to need to take remedial math or English in college. Today, that number is up to 60%. Is it that other countries are excelling or is it that today’s U.S. teachers don’t know how to or care to actually teach?

        Something is wrong with out schools today and I don’t think that it’s some genetic problem with out kids, but something wrong with our public school educators.

  • zlop

    Children trust adults. Common Core goal is to confuse and
    traumatize. Then, the depressed or defiant children, will be drugged.

  • Dan Kearney

    Some publisher stamps “Common Core on their materials. This may or may have nothing to do with CC. As a math teacher, I can’t decipher from this photo what this is about. Materials have had poor materials in them for years. Can’s really blame this on the CC content or practice standards because we don’t know what it trying to portray.