Well, even a blind squirrel’s been known to find a nut every once in a while. Maybe.

This morning, crass comedian Louis C.K. — who has made no secret of his mad love for Obama — appeared to many to take a swipe at Common Core, the educational “standards” championed by so many D.C. Dems (and a few hack Republicans):


Now, he is a comedian, so there’s a good chance he was just being snarky, piggybacking on the “Thanks Obama” meme. But one thing’s for sure: For many parents and teachers, Common Core is no laughing matter:





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  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Just wait CK, the revisionist history portion of common core will be right up your alley.

  • Maxx

    When it comes to the education of our nation’s children, this issue shouldn’t be red or blue. I have liberal friends who think it’s worthless and needs to disappear.

    Common Core should be identified for what it is….common crap.

    • LegalizeShemp

      It shouldn’t but it is, since the blue unions have a virtual lock on the public education system and the “progressive teaching techniques” they push.

    • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

      That’s too true, but there are far too many people who see that it’s connected to Obama and stifle any objections they might have had because Obama is never wrong in their eyes.

    • Frustrated Teacher

      This teacher agrees. It’s not about the kids, it’s about crony money and politics and there are hacks on BOTH sides involved in this…..

  • Determined

    most kids at some point end up not liking school. and exams. and tests.

    • mrspinky85

      This is not an excuse to set them up for failure in the beginning. Colleges don’t teach this way. Where will they use these Common Core skills? I’m in College Algebra and have to help some younger classmates who have trouble with simple math like fractions. Our education is 47th world wide. This Common Core is another problem instead of a solution.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    Common Core makes us all really cry.

    They believe they know all that there is to know, when there is no one person who knows all there is to know.

    The authoritarian communication is always what is leveraged by totalitarian leadership, when in reality and literalness it is not leadership..

    We will not allow a white flag planted on her soil…
    OLLPOH ~ Our Life Liberty Pursuit Of Happiness
    (Mr. and Mrs.)

  • Ghee!

    boo friggin hoo Mr. C.K.. You got what you voted for, now own it and let your kids know that you figured it would be a good idea.

    • maccamcfc

      That’s what’s great about the Right they really understand comedy, it really is one of your strong points.

      • Ghee!

        Yep, leave it to a liberal to call out the ‘just kidding’ tag everytime one of their own get caught in a departure from the reservation. You have no idea how much we mock your use of it mac, no idea.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    Both Republicans and Democrats agreed that there was no role for the federal government in education. But that was back in the Nixon – Kennedy debate.

  • YesterdayzNewz

    Just a few nights ago, I watched my friends daughter bawl her eyes out over simple division. They’ve stopped using a decimal point, and now are using “R” in its place. Really? No I mean it, REALLY? She’s 9 years old, and smart as a whip, but, the processes used were mind-bottling. It’s not like the old math was bad, or anything, we only built pyramids, aqueducts, coliseums, atomic weapons, and ventured out past Pluto with it.

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      And, for what in the devil is the “R” supposed to stand? (Pardon my language.)

      • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

        I just asked the same question when reading that, but I used an entirely different word than “devil” in mine.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          “Remainder,” most likely. When I was in grade school, back when Jeremiah was a tadpole, if the problem didn’t divide evenly, we wrote, e.g., 25/6 = 4 r1 (“six into twenty-five, four, with a remainder of one,” i.e., one left over). Of course, as soon as decimals were introduced the following term, we would just continue the division by putting in the dot and keep going till it all came out evenly or repeated ad infinitum. Jeez, I barely remember that bit of nonsense with the “R”!

          • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

            That would make a little more sense. A stepping stone to fractions.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            Ahhh I DO remember that now! Barely. You are probably correct. Kudos for remembering that.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            See, that was an ad hoc thing for kids to learn that all terms didn’t divide up evenly, but you had to do something with what was left. SLH suggested that the remainder over the divisor, expressed as a fraction, is the way he remembered it, and I have no doubt I must have heard it somewhere along the line too, as I’ve done it myself, even well past my grade school days, when it wasn’t necessary to work it out to a number of decimal places.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            I remember both ways. Seems like we started with R’s, then the fractions, then the decimals.

          • lukuj

            That is how I taught it until I retired a few years ago. I often ignored the complicated way the district and text told me how to teach math skills and taught the simplest way possible. My classes did great in math- even standardized tests. They may not have understood every nuance of why my method worked, but that will come with maturity. They coułd get the correct answer without tears, though, and feel successful without hating math.

          • YesterdayzNewz

            Yes it is remainder. It was always a decimal point for us. That was roughly 1983, probably. I don’t like math, so I’ve put all of that behind me.

        • YesterdayzNewz

          Starts w/ eff and rhymes with luck?

      • YesterdayzNewz

        You’re not going to hurt my ears, bro. I’ve heard it all.

    • arrow2010

      Time to start home-schooling.

  • mrspinky85

    People are for gov’t involvement before they are against it.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    Well, this information will make you cry, too. . .

    Source: http://www.marketwatch.com
    Jennifer Waters’s Consumer Confidential Archives – April 28, 2014, 7:46 a.m. EDT

    The Secret Numbers as important as your credit score
    These ratings may determine whether you get a mortgage or a job


    • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      That sort of psychographic data is extremely specialized, expensive, and not very commonplace my friend.

      It’s not nefarious, it’s most commonly used to more cost efficient marketing.

      For example: Let’s say I’m doing a direct mail campaign for car loans. I want to pull data on areas where there is established home ownership with 2 or more garages.

      Also: by federal law, the only thing that prevents you from getting a mortgage is your credit score & employment status.

      Conversely, something that can help you is to livie in a bad neighborhood – the CRA Act mandated that banks must have certain percentage of loans to low income areas for the sake of ‘diversity’ (which, in party, led to the housing crisis) .

      • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

        Thanks for the response. We are very, very aware. . . it’s to bring attention to those that are not, that we are all put under microscopes of very shapes and sizes for a whole lot of different things, and for different purposes. The old “handshake” left the building many, many moons ago.

        We will not allow a white flag planted on her soil…
        OLLPOH ~ Our Life Liberty Pursuit Of Happiness
        (Mr. and Mrs.)

  • LegalizeShemp

    Wait till those college rejection letters start coming in the mail Louis,then you will be the one crying.

    • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

      But they won’t, because the lefties have been telling us that all white kids are guaranteed a college education.

  • Perso Nasplit
  • LegalizeShemp

    Remember Louis, “we can’t go back”, we must press forwards with new, untested and untried “novel ways” of doing things because liberals have been taught traditional ways of doing things are all bad. It’s the really cool way of leaning forward, while falling behind.

    • http://www.FunDMental.com TheRealJackpineSavage

      ↑ Nice! :o)

  • DG

    “Well, even a blind squirrel’s been known to find a nut every once in a while. Maybe.”


  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    Well Louie it’s like this Bill Gates (Dollars behind Common Core) the founder of Microsoft needs to program the next generation of software engineers, and he can’t rewire their brains using old math – it’s just not turning out the desired numbers of software code writers.

    SEE George Carlin. They want obedient workers, . People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork…..


    • Elizabeth

      Thanks ever so much for posting this. I never saw it before and it’s freakin awesome. I really miss Carlin. I wonder what he would think of the Orwellian world we are living in today.

      • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

        I love George Carlin I miss him too he was a great comedian.

      • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

        I’m kind of glad he missed the opportunity to go from edgy, anti-establishment hippie to denouncing the white race, complaining about the rich and condemning republicans.

        • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

          He had his opportunity. When everyone was jumping on Don Imus for his nappy head ho remark, guess who stood by Don Imus? Guess who still appeared on Imus in the Morning when everyone was blustering about how they would never appear on his program again? Imus has had George’s brother on the show since his death. Imus would refer to phone conversations he had with George. George Carlin calling in over a controversial issue in the current news, and Imus would say, but I can’t share with you what he said LOL He didn’t have to tell us, we all knew it wouldn’t be politically correct.

    • Maryland_Malcontent

      Rufus was pretty much hitting the nail on the head with that.

      …and Rufus swearing like a sailor was pretty funny.

  • AtomicMountain

    I suspect that, given their age, “standardized testing” has always been a part of his kids’ math education, but this ridiculous, cry-inducing Common Core stuff is probably new to them.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    I loath Common Core it sux’s. What American citizen thinks so little of themselves, and their children that they would subject their children to the government’s crappy standards?

  • sybilll

    True story from just last week. An apolitical lady at work was unable to help her 3rd grader with her CommonCore math homework. She is now a single issue voter and “will vote for whichever AR Governor candidate that opposes CommonCore”.

  • Roadster73

    I’m beginning to think that common core can be useful after all. Teaching our kids bureaucratese at an early age /sarc

  • Hand of Doom

    This country’s education system has been going down the tubes ever since Pluto got its planet status downgraded .

    • Patches O’Houlihan

      Actually… Our education system has been going down since about 30 or so years after Pluto was discovered, in 1930…

  • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

    Who is writing these math problems? Well, Louis, they are being written by people with whom you share political ideologies.

  • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

    The little I have seen or heard of Louis CK, he strikes me as a pig, and not funny.
    If he really is serious about the screwed up common core, perhaps he can get his kid(s) into a school that doesn’t use it. I wonder if the Obama girls have to suffer with C.C.

    • Perso Nasplit

      They probably already received their HS diploma, degree, and nobel. Its only fair because all of us are racists for wanting them to compete on the same level as our children.

  • Jon

    Common Core has been under attack for the past couple of months by some liberal groups in New York, where Louis C.K. lives. That’s what gives him the validation to go public with his own criticism of the program because of his daughter’s dislike of the teaching methods.

    If the Common Core fight was still seen as only people on the right complaining about the curriculum, Loiuie’s third grader could have bawled her eyes out from now until the end of the school year in late June — he would never have said anything that might have gotten him associated with those crazy right-wing anti-education fundies.

  • Ginger Whetstine

    He can thank Bill Ayers, the POTUS’ bestie for this bs.

  • Guest

    This isn’t that hard. Guess it would be for people that don’t understand math. No I am not a liberal either.

  • EmperorOfMankind

    “Why night you want each picture to stand for more than 1 balloon?”
    Yet again I must tell my kid “don’t answer it. It’s a bad question”

    wow this guy is a moron. Here is why, it’s done all the time, what if you don’t want to draw 100 Balloons, just draw 10 and say the each represent 10.

    none of these questions are hard at all just take a second to think of what they are asking. The only thing I see wrong is that number 4 and 5 are on the same line.

  • Katelyn Weber

    After 10 years of not having taken a math class I had to reteach myself a lot of things in order to take the GRE last fall. I’m so very thankful that I had real math skills to fall back on – I passed with flying colors. But after looking at these Common Core questions, I’m not sure if I could pass third grade…

  • lowCal90

    Private property is a channel through which we can direct our aggressions and energies toward positive contributions to friends and fellows.