Twitchy’s CEO Michelle Malkin has been one of the more vocal critics of the imposition of Common Core standards on our schools. One of the controversial issues has to do with the emphasis on unorthodox (often unclear) paths to solutions, rather than simply asking kids to solve problems. Some parents are taking to Twitter to register their anger and confusion over the weird instruction their children are receiving, reportedly from Common Core-aligned curricula:

Is this really what should be taught in the schools? Be careful how you answer, or Secretary of Education Arne Duncan might accuse of being opposed to it just because you’re white and from the suburbs. Whether you are or not.


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  • oxpoqxo

    Sickness: An individual’s wants are less important than a nation’s well-being?!?

    • ObamaFail

      Unless if that individual is Barack Obama. Then his wants come first and to hell with the nation

      • greengr

        barak Obama has nothing to do with this….this is the result of NCLB being a dismal failure….the republicans have pushed this because it makes their cronies at pearson publishing very wealthy…..jeb bush is the biggest backer…..

    • mike1jeremie

      This is the very philosophy our founding father died fighting against. It is what our constitution protects against. The individual is more important than the collective. No majority has more rights than the individual. A person has rights. A nation does not. This is sickness for sure.

      • greengr

        that is exactly the opposite of what the founders were thinking.

        • mike1jeremie

          Oh wow. No wonder we have such a divide in America. Just too many people without a clue as to why we have a bill of rights for individuals. Why the powers of government where enumerated and limited. Why we each have the right to speak and believe as we see fit and carry a hand weapon.
          We each have rights. No where in our constitution does it say the government has rights. It clearly states we the people grant to the government certain limited authority. And it clearly states that authority covers ONLY what is listed/enumerated. Now how is that opposite to what I stated?

    • Delroy_Monjo

      Indeed! That ‘possessive nouns’ worksheet is particularly spooky. OMG!

      • Actraiser

        yeah, no kidding. Indoctrination much?

  • CHHR

    Been out of work for more than 4 yrs… thanks to Obama and this pervasive liberal BS, I’ve got plenty of time to homeschool my grands…

    • stellatruman

      I never grasped the home schooling concept until now

      • YGTBK

        Then number of Home Schooled children has grown and it is not from the groups that you may think. I keep score once a year at a basketball tournament in Texas. It is for private schools and home school teams. I have met the students who most people think are home schooled Con/white/Christian. But a larger and larger number of home schooled students are coming from the liberal upper middle class families. One team that I talked to all the students parents were instructors or assc prof at a local university. 9 young men who mothers or fathers were teaching at a public college?? I asked the coach why, his simple answer, most parents do not make enough to send 3 plus children to private schools at 14k-20k per year, so they home school. To a person are against the common core type schooling.

        • mysticmaggie

          The next move will be to outlaw home schooling. That is already being discussed. Teach while you can.

          • Bad_Mr_Frosty

            Already illegal in Europe

            “FORWARD!” (comrades)

      • CHHR

        Homeschooling is a simple concept of taking control of OUR children & making sure they are equipped to become productive not seduced adults that can make reasoned decisions w/out being force fed someone else’s grandiose sense of superiority.
        …and preserving a sense of comfort that we left the country a better place for it.

        • loves_life_hates_abortion2

          “…someone else’s grandiose sense of SELF-superiority.”

          There, fixed that for you — the liberals we’ve allowed to exercise a coup of our public schools only find *themselves* to be superior, not the families of the students they “teach” and CERTAINLY not America…

      • irishgirl91

        Irony is that the left was the first to really begin to embrace the HS concept. Back in the day (60’s) lib parents didn’t want their kids educated in the government supported, military industrial complex loving PS. They wanted the freedom to have their kids go to protest and live like kids. Now that those protest might be conservative and the kids might be learning self sufficiency, HS is evil.

    • snowleopard (the true one)

      Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Common Core is little more than one more aspect of socialization of America by the Progressives.

      • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

        Common core is exactly what that the POS DOE Secretary said it was, it is an effort to ensure that no child is ahead of any others. He simply had to demonize the mothers that actually want their children to excel.

        Common Core is to the academic future of this country what “everybody gets a trophy” is to child sport leagues. Nobody wins.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          See, there’s two ways to insure that there is “No Child Left behind”: (1) Assist the laggards and let them catch up in their own time– as they eventually will, given time and attention, or (2) Let no child excel– if no children are well ahead of the others, there’s no child being left behind.
          What do YOU think the Path of Least Resistance is here?

          • BraveNative

            Great point. Its all part of leveling the USA down. If everyone is taught the same things , makes (or gets) the same amount of money , drives the same cars , lives in the same type of shelter ( home ) , then we are all equal.
            This is where folks like Me step in and proudly proclaim that we have ambitions that can not be squelched. We dont mind helping those in need but we refuse to help the lazy. We refuse to be forced to buy unwanted insurance or in this case pay higher taxes to fund the lazy. We refuse to silence our Christian faith. We are the Tea Party. We are the REAL Americans.

          • AmusedAgain

            BraveNative: People like you couldn’t be bothered to learn how to use apostrophes, and are too arrogant to learn that Me isn’t capitalized.

            Perhaps you are an American. But you’re no more REAL American that any other person born within the borders of this country.

            We who buy insurance are tired of those who are too lazy or too self-centered to understand what insurance is, until they wake up to a six-figure invoice from their local hospital.

            We are America. Keep your religion in your heart, your home, your family, and your church. Keep it out of our government.

          • Scorpion

            Now if we can only get government out of our religion.

          • genemcleroy

            AmusedAgain—You sound like the typical liberal, you would rather nit pic the person and then act like you are to ignorant to get the meaning of the persons posted remarks.

          • robert

            You bash someone for grammatical errors but yet you have them in your own. And what does insurance have to do with the topic of Common Core?

          • AmusedAgain

            Go ahead, Robert. Point out my grammatical errors. I don’t think insurance has anything to do with Common Core? I was responding to BraveNative’s comments above. Ask BraveNative why he/she thinks that insurance has anything in common with Common Core?

          • Stephen Zeigler

            For starters, the word “REAL” does not need to be capitalize.

          • linreis

            BraveNative doesn’t use apostrophes? I’m pretty sure YOU are not the one to correct him on punctuation… the ME is capitalized for accentuation, NOT egotistical reasons…you seem to have learned your own core curriculum well…because you can’t be bothered to accept a symbolic statement without making it into your own rant…IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU…obviously, there are those, like yourself who refuse to accept the fact that the government is supposed to reflect us all, not just you, or your own views…we’d be really happy if you and your socialist buddies would keep your brand of interfering government OUT of our religions…
            Just for your record: because you seem to lack common decency, and are unable to grasp a statement in its entirety without nitpicking about the lack of a punctuation mark, I have used the higher cases as an attempt to make a point, as a statement of extra force…
            When you say “We are America” you seem to have forgotten the very foundation of America…and you seem to be very un-American in your lack of tolerance for free speech (1st Amendment), or any other Amendment that makes America a country most Americans, like BraveNative, are proud to stand up for…

          • AmusedAgain

            If I misunderstood, I apologize.

            If BraveNative’s rant is about “leveling down,” then I believe he’s misunderstood the nature of Common Core.

            Common Core is an attempt to put a floor under the performance of schools. In my community we have great schools- for which we pay premium taxes–because we know that our kids will much greater opportunities than those who believe that all taxes are evil. As such, my kids are graduating from college into entry level positions that pay almost the household median income of the US as individuals. I’m certainly against leveling, but I am against letting the schools fail at basic education.

            Nobody wants to live in a country where the people are uneducated!

            Government certainly is supposed to represent all of us.

            I challenge you to describe the difference between “Real Americans” and “Americans”.

            If you believe in our Constitution, you have multiple ways of expressing it. I certainly understand your positions and don’t dispute your right to express them.

            Anther interesting way of expressing concern is to assemble (First Amendment). I willingly embrace your joining an organization such as the Tea Party to express your opinions.

            The most interesting way to express opinion is to engage in voting, and to support results without whining. Elections are markets for ideas, and not everyone is buying Tea.

          • Lonnie

            If you support “common core” you will find that “education” on even a basic level is sorely lacking. Obviously, whoever they let write some of these workbooks lack even a “basic education!” If you looked closely at some of the pages above it is quite evident. The question about the gymnastic event is a prime example. THERE IS NO ANSWER! If you figured 4×8=32 as the answer you would be wrong because there could be 10 events and the participants are not necessarily entered in the exact same events. NO LEGITIMATE ANSWER!

          • Amy G.

            The answers I get to the gymnastic meet question is four. There are four events. Four events will be scored.

          • AmusedAgain

            I agree. Elsewhere, I commented that the wording of the gymnastics problem is wrong, as well. If I had to answer it, I’d answer 4. The question clearly states that there are four events.

            It’s important to separate “common core” from these examples. I will not defend these examples, as I agree that they’re poor.

          • Mark Smith

            “In my community we have great schools” – That’s debatable. If you’re an example of the educational standards in your community, your community has decidedly lowered expectations.

          • AmusedAgain

            Thank you, Mark. It certainly is debatable. You are entitled to draw your own conclusions. Please keep cutting the educational budgets in your communities. I’d recommendthat you fund the language department, as your kids will need to know how to communicate with their bilingual managers.

            Perfect quote from Caddyshack: “The world needs ditch diggers too, Danny.”

          • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

            Would you agree that the need is not for cutting or increasing educational spending but for improving the return on investment for educational spending? As a starting point for such a discussion, I would propose that one of the first things to do would be dispose of the Department of Education. Second only to the Federal Reserve, the Department of Education has done more to harm this country than any post US Civil War federal government agency.

            The world does need ditch diggers. That is is skilled construction workers. Skills have to be acquired, and to acquire skills you start with the basics. All children should be given the opportunity to achieve educational success and academic achievement. Not all will be capable of doing so, or interested in doing so.

          • AmusedAgain

            Of course I agree with what you are saying. My response was a snarky response to an intentional insult.

            I don’t know whether ROI is the appropriate measure of educational resource allocation. Nobody wants waste. All children should be given an opportunity to achieve educational success and academic achievement.

            How do we get there?

            There’s an essay floating around the Internet entitled The Fly on the Wall.

            I don’t know whether eliminating DoE is a positive step in this direction.

          • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

            Sorry, missed the sarc; ROI was the only term I could come up. The money used by the DOE could be better used by the states and school districts than paying for be kleptocrats in DC. There have been no improvements in academic achievements of US students under the DOE, in fact, quite the opposite. Less overhead seems a simple place to start. I am interested in hearings he issues that give rise to your uncertainties.

          • AmusedAgain

            There are a lot of excuses for the decline of the competitiveness of America’s workforce. I worked for a company in the 1990’s that required a simple (8th grade level) math ability test for high tech factory workers as a condition of employment…at one point, one in nine was capable of passing. We ended up building a factory 40 miles away to reach an additional labor pool. As a country, we’ve tried to address educational opportunity as a Cabinet Department, and Office, through additional attention, and through benign neglect. There are 5000 DofEd employees; it’s the smallest of the cabinet departments. Perhaps trimming the department would work, but I don’t know.

            What skills are needed? What techniques work? How much accountability can be brought to the process of education?

            Education is a critical part of commerce (people as an economic resource) and societal cohesion. People need the skills (how to do things, how to think, how to problem solve,how to express yourself, and how to work with others).

            We can’t have a discussion of America if people don’t know civics. People need to understand what Marbury v. Madison is, and what it meant. They also need to understand Miranda v. Arizona, Dred Scott, Gettysburg, The Bill of Rights, The Constitution, the processes for amending the Constitution, and the relationship between the States and the Federal government….

          • Stephen Zeigler

            Tis better to buy Tea, than sell dung.

          • linreis

            education should not be a soap box, pushing someone’s opinions…core curriculum is rewriting history to make up its own hero. facts be damned…
            what is it about an organization standing up to support our country’s constitution that has you so afraid?
            as far as elections, until we get rid of electoral voting, we are no better than a 3rd world election…the winner is the one with the most media coverage, the most willing to lie, and the most willing to buy it…or the least ethics, in the case of the last one…

          • AmusedAgain

            linreis: I agree re: Soapbox. The content in “Hold the Flag High” is NOT part of Common Core. There are surely less controversial sentences that could be used to demonstrate the proper use of possessives and apostrophes.

            I don’t know whether eliminating electoral voting would change much. There have been four elections (out of 56 Presidential elections cycles, only 4 times has the winner lost the popular vote).

            I share your concern about the money’s influence in politics.

          • Lonnie

            I noticed that you have only received “down checks!” Your government is also OUR government. Why don’t you keep YOUR opinions to YOURSELF? Don’t like MY comment? Sounds JUST like yours, don’t it? p.s.; OUR government was founded by people that BELIEVED IN CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES, UNLIKE PEOPLE LIKE YOU! Don’t like it, then MOVE to one of those “better” countries and STOP TRYING TO RUIN THIS GREAT COUNTRY FOR EVERYBODY ELSE!

          • Totallylegit.jpg

            no one has said that the founding fathers were not christian, so chill out on that point, but the founding fathers did not want to push their religious ideals on to other people who didn’t feel the same. you know why? because that was what was happening in Europe at the time, and they considered it to be terrible. so don’t try to push your religion on to other people and use the founding fathers as a reason why your religion is correct for everyone. respect other peoples beliefs, be a good christian.

            second note, we are not moving toward a socialist nation, and also their isn’t anything inherently wrong with socialism. want an example? go research how Finland is fairing with it’s socialist democracy.

            finale note, down checks have as much significant value as a banana sticker, they are worthless, and mean nothing other than someone had the necessary energy to click a button on a mouse.

          • Virginia Polk

            I see NO one trying to put religion into government here.You must be a typical liberal who can not discuss issues so you start hurling insults in stead of facts.Our founding fathers gave us freedom of religion NOT freedom from religion.The only constitution in the world that mentioned seperation of church and state was the old soviet union not ours.Now are you STILLAMUSED?

          • AmusedAgain


            My response was to Lonnie, whose response to my exercising my First Amendment rights was twofold: 1. He didn’t like my opinion so I should not express it. 2. He claimed that my remarks were unlike the founding fathers regarding our government, and injected “Christian Principles” into the discussion. He then accused me of trying to ruin this country for everyone else.

            You should check with our old friend Thomas Jefferson, who might know a bit more about what the founding fathers thought than you think you do. When you’re done with this, research George Washington’s and Ben Franklin’s views on this. I agree with your assessment that facts are valuable, and if I insulted anyone unintentionally, I apologize. Please consider these quotes and then re-research your facts regarding our founding fathers.

            “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are
            twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

            “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely
            between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment
            of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus
            building a wall of separation between church and State.”
            -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Danbury Baptist Association,
            CT., Jan. 1, 1802

          • Mark Smith

            Feel free to send me all of your government-issued US money if “In Got We Trust” offends you so, clodhopper. The fact that you started a sentence with a conjunction proves that you’re not as smart as you think you are. Yes, I know that it’s acceptable usage now that you and your ilk have brought lowered standards and lowered expectations to the mainstream, but to me it signifies the fact that you never learned any better than that. You also used “that” when you should have used “than” in the same paragraph.


          • Guest

            Beginning a sentence with a conjunction has been an acceptable usage since Anglo-Saxon times. It is acceptable usage in the AP style manual and I will accept your correction of my typo “that” to “than”; thank you.

            The country was over 160 years old before Congress decided that we needed to put “In God We Trust” on paper currency. You know this, of course, because you are better educated than the average commenter on this board. (This is known as a left-handed compliment. Many on this board would shudder to know that they actually know someone who knows what a conjunction does, notwithstanding the excellent contributions made to our country’s knowledge by School House Rock.)

            When the average poster on this website reaches your level of grammatical knowledge (or even reaches my not perfect yet probably above minimum standard usage), we will no longer need to worry about English standards.

            “Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.” – Ronald Reagan

            Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age,
            only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
            Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age,
            only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
            Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age,
            only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
            Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age,
            only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
            Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age,
            only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.

            Ronald Reagan

            Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age,
            only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.

            Ronald Reagan

            Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age,
            only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.

            Ronald Reagan


          • AmusedAgain

            Beginning a sentence with a conjunction has been an acceptable usage since Anglo-Saxon times. It is acceptable usage in the AP style manual. I will accept your correction of my typo “that” to “than”; thank you.

            The country was over 160 years old before Congress decided that we needed to put “In God We Trust” on paper currency. You know this, of course, because you are better educated than the average commenter on this board. (This is known as a left-handed compliment. Many on this board would shudder to know that they actually know someone who knows what a conjunction does, notwithstanding the excellent contributions made to our country’s knowledge by School House Rock.)

            When the average poster on this website reaches your level of grammatical knowledge (or even reaches my not perfect yet possibly above minimum standard usage), we will no longer need to worry about English standards.

            “Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.” – Ronald Reagan

          • JI Stein

            tell that to the muslim potus.

          • loves_life_hates_abortion2

            Being the grammar genius you view yourself to be, I’m sure you’ll appreciate this…

            The adjective “real”, as BraveNative used it and as it *should* be used, refers not to one’s geographical origin but rather to their *ideological* origin — a “real” American (as defined by more than 200 years of example, NOT national borders) is someone who WILL NOT be suppressed, enslaved, or usurped, but instead resists ALL forms of coerced conformity. Anarchists? No, because respect for the rule of law is central to the American spirit. Libertarians? Well, liberty certainly is the dream on which this great nation was founded…can there be a better dream for people to have when they’re suppressed, controlled, manipulated, and thwarted? I certainly don’t think so, and the brilliant men (and women) who founded this nation obviously didn’t think so either.

            And as to BraveNative’s capitalization of a particular pronoun: I suspect that was merely a typo, but the tiny little “freudian” sliver in me suspects that it might have been an attempt by BraveNative’s subconscious to assert “self” over “hive” — something you liberals had better get used to before you find yourself in the same position king george (intentionally and quite consciously NOT capitalized to show my DISrespect — much like I always write 0bama with a ZERO instead of a capital-O…) found himself in (and for many of the same reasons.)

          • AmusedAgain

            My issue with the use of the phrase “real” American is that it implies a sense of superiority over other Americans.

            Forgive me, but I think you’re saying that at the heart of “real” Americans is a belief in freedom. I agree.

            King George was a hereditary monarch. English people weren’t citizens. They were subjects. They could not–in the voting booth–change their government.

            Real Americans are citizens, either native born or naturalized. Those who pledge allegiance to the flag (and to the republic for which it stands) are voluntarily accepting the civilization that previous generations of Americans have built.

            If you believe you’ve been suppressed, controlled, manipulated, and thwarted, you have a variety of rights that are protected by American law. You can protest peacefully. You can publish your views in the press, or create your own publication. You can vote. You can run for office. You can write to elected officials. You can put initiatives on the ballot. You can organize like-minded citizens. You can sue the government to overturn legislation. You can convince fellow citizens to campaign for constitutional amendments.

            All of these are available in the free market of ideas and laws. For those who believe they’ve got a better way of governing, they should make their case in the above ways.

            For people who claim they’re American yet “reserve the right of violent change” in the forms of government, I can only assume three things: 1. Their ideas aren’t being bought by a majority of voters, or 2. Their ideas won’t pass the muster of the courts and America’s laws, or 3. They would rather stick to their beliefs than participate in the American republic.

            If you don’t want to participate in the American political process, that’s fine. If you don’t like the results of the American political process, change it from within and sell your ideas. If you will not accept the results of the American political process, you are free to renounce your citizenship and go elsewhere.

          • greenman7612

            Socialism = equality! No social progress, no economic progress!

          • Stephen Zeigler

            yo ….use won’ts fries wit dat

        • Scree El Tort

          And remember where the DoEd Secretary comes from:


          Arne Duncan was head of CPS before he went national.

          • CHHR

            gee, talk about a track record… you mean he stole children physically at CPS using famous false allegations so he could then “reshape” their minds as ED Sec… wow…

          • Scree El Tort

            You don’t even troll well.

          • CHHR

            ummm, you might do an internet search on “CPS False Allegations” before you arrogantly say that to someone?

          • Chase Crosby

            Is that how you inform yourself? Google it? Your first source must be wikipedia.

          • CHHR

            Actually by READING STATE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS… you might try it, they’re quite informative. Unless of course you were trained via common core.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            The Supreme Court are not the Educators. Parents are the beginning of a child’s education… Your arrogance will bring you to reality, like gravity.

          • CHHR

            What? What do the False Allegations levied by CPS offices all across this country have to do with your comment about the State Supreme Court as Educators?

            What is it, are you all afraid of reality? Geesh, time to wake the hell up… this crap has been going on for years.


            Be careful, CPS is granted power under ObamaCare to come into your home without a warrant… Section 2717 lays it all out and the regs are absolutely mind boggling.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            Take yourself back to Anneburg and wield your ‘bludgeoning authority” there with your ilk.
            Threats throw them yes, we know that you’re to destroy what we are all born into…Natural Laws, Natural Rights, Constitutional Sovereign, Free Republic America…Your brain washing has been tried and has failed…Just remember you will one day know that your tangibles did not pass onto you freedom, liberty, privacy, private property… your own children, your children’s children, for your monetary gain, and your future just to live in your own gilded prison surrounded by more interlopers.

          • CHHR


          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            Ever what.

          • Scree El Tort

            Everclear. Everlast. Ever’where.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            oh Clete, you imp you…..

          • Scree El Tort

            Ah’m here all week, y’all. Try the veal.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            uh huh. and it is Fri-tog…

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            We take it, that you too get that… we know have studied these pieces of excrement for years…a full life time, have lived in a Communist/Marxist Statehood with the hangovers of Hitler-Stalin, etc. Deep, and wide…

            The communist-marxist did not vanish upon the face of the earth because a wall was torn down by Gorbachev, per the request of President Reagan.

            To know that there is a …

            The knowledge to hold information that ones own relatives here on this soil watched U.S. Govt. pour kerosene on potatoes, when all they had was a Food Rationing Card in their hands, and clothes made of empty potato and flower printed potato sacks. Starvation leads to brainwashing, of more than the physical senses.

            To know that we, our children, our grandchildren are not even addressed as humans any longer yet only tools to their corrupt government desires.
            The Battle Between Liberty and Tyranny is Perpetual.

          • Marjorie

            I choose Everclear :-)

          • GaylePutt

            How is that constitutional? All this BS is driving me into deep depression….it’s so obvious what is happening and yet what is anyone doing about it?

          • AmusedAgain

            What a bunch of home schooled fools! One guy references Duncan as head of CPS (Chicago Public School) and another couple go off on CPS (Child Protective Services)!

            Honestly. Can you even see the humor in the fact that you are vehemently arguing without facts?

          • Scree El Tort



            Arne Duncan (born November 6, 1964) is an American education administrator who has been United States Secretary of Education since 2009. Duncan previously served as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

            (Just in case CHHR is still moving his lips while reading this thread)

          • linreis

            the Supreme Courts? not exactly the best or even consistent source of what is best for children…they allow abortion for one thing…they are the biggest over abuse of self assigned power to ever rape this country…

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            Yes. Yes or default to the ramrodded Judicial System that they have managed to corrupt… Destroy the family, destroy God from the family and then everything else will fall…Very arrogant and vile they are.

          • Scree El Tort

            Re you really this obtuse?

            Arne Duncan came from Chicago Public Schools. Not Child Protective Services.

            Researching and learning about the things I should have been paying attention to… So says your profile.

            No, you haven’t been. Like I said, you don’t even troll well.


          • CHHR

            Ugh, no, I’m not, I just took the opportunity to link the two… it worked :0 look at how the convo diverted 😉
            don’t worry, I can take the bashing, been through worse, among a host of other things, I’m racist remember?

          • Scree El Tort

            I don’t recall labeling you as racist. Just stupid.

          • CHHR

            whatever… been called that too, but always found to be right once folks get their heads out of their backside.

          • Scree El Tort

            Stop digging. You aren’t helping your position.

          • CHHR

            you must have mistaken me for someone who cared if you felt I had a good position or not.

          • Scree El Tort

            Apparently you care, and deeply. You keep replying, trying to defend your idiocy…

          • CHHR

            LOL are you attempting to be the pot calling a supposed kettle black or what?

          • Scree El Tort

            I can do this all day, son. I have nothing on my calendar.

            You made a stupid reply, and are desperately trying to defend it.

          • AmusedAgain

            So, CHHR…you’re claiming you “intentionally” linked Chicago Public Schools to Child Protective Services to make your point…your point being:

            “Homeschooling is a simple concept of taking control of OUR children & making sure they are equipped to become productive not seduced adults that can make reasoned decisions w/out being force fed someone else’s grandiose sense of superiority.
            …and preserving a sense of comfort that we left the country a better place for it”

            Basically, it’s OK to use BS to make your point, because productive adults can make reasoned decisions w/out being force fed someone else’s arrogantly twisted arguments?

            And you feel that if you teach your children to be “smart” like you are, then you are preserving a sense of comfort for the future?

            Not accusing; just want to understand your position…

          • CHHR

            1st let me say thank you for asking. It seems many here would prefer to use my word rather than vet for themselves thereby making the assumption my connection between Chicago Public Schools, Child protective Services, ObamaCare, along with a corrupt family court system renders me stupid etc.

            Let me start with this:

            AP Article from 2008: “In 2007 Indiana’s Department of Child Services (DCS) removed 7712 children from their homes. That was 369 more than in the previous year.”
            BTW: Chicago far outpaces all other jurisdictions in Illinois and Illinois far outpaces most other states. See the connection yet?

            How does this begin?

            logical question… your friendly neighborhood schools of course. You know those “diaries” your children write in every Monday morning? Yea, those… There’s a reason for them and more importantly, a reason they are done on Mondays.

            What happens?

            another logical question… your child’s teacher is a mandated reporter to CPS when there’s anything of concern… like say… anything THEY feel worthy of reporting.


            Now refer to another important comment in the AP article. The Associated Press article about the odd statistics quoted “There does not seem to be, with most judges, an independent and unbiased review of all the facts of the cases. It’s very one-sided. DCS’ word is considered gospel.”

            Why of course, you see, generally those CPS “investigators” are young “fresh out of college” young women. Generally they have no children and no life’s experience into raising children except to say they disagree with much of how their parents raised them.
            So, when the case is deemed to be considered “child abuse” and it hits the family court system, the conclusion is often the same for the unsuspecting parent… CPS decisions are “gospel.”
            ObamaCare… Section 2717, greatly expands the powers of CPS under the law… they not only get to continue to determine “the best interests of the child” but they now don’t need a warrant to come into your home.
            Now, please, check my facts presented here… only until we become a properly INFORMED public do we have any hope of taking our country back. Besides, we need an army of homeschooled children, armed with reality & the brains God gave them to use their critical thinking skills to continue our fight when we’re no longer able to do so.

          • John W.

            Clete, the troll school that CHHR is currently enrolled in uses a Common Core curriculum.

        • GaylePutt

          no child is AHEAD of any others? Homogenizing our kids? Don’t you want the cream to rise???

          • Scree El Tort

            Liberals absolutely do not, because it’s all about their false equivalence of ‘equality.’ QWYS was only pointing out that the CC curricula is designed for exactly that outcome: to make all kids equally stupid.

          • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

            Lol, brilliant, but one of our trolls is going to play the race card now, after all cream is white, and very popular in the suburbs.

    • fatalrob0t

      My mom and my grandparents partially homeschooled me, I guess. Basically, I went to public school and my mom would get workbooks for me to use outside of school. They would also teach me things about history and whatnot, because the school wasn’t teaching me what they were teaching me. It was aggravating then, but I know it was worth it. Just not the reading comprehension.

    • greengr

      wrong….this is all from the conservatives…..

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Actually, the 6 times 8 illustration is just a badly-written attempt to teach kids the distributive property of multiplication over addition (as opposed to the redistributive property of Socialism).
    Real World application: “OK, ya got 5 six-packs, and ya get 3 more– how many cans of beer, total?”

    • bbroome62


      • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        The French playwright Moliere wrote a comedic play in which a nouveau riche learns, to his great astonishment, that “prose” is what he’s been speaking all his life. (i.e., ordinary speech)
        I learned the New Math as a child, and my parents, who were not the sort of people who would be cowed by all the bad publicity it was getting at the time, took one look at it, and, somewhat more knowingly than that pompous ass of Moliere’s play, told me, “The only thing that’s ‘New’ about any of this is all the fancy-dan names they’re giving stuff– ‘Base Five’– hah! that’s a ‘prisoner’s calendar’! ‘Base Twelve’– that’s dozens and grosses! But you’d better learn all the proper names for all these things and do well in your arithmetic classes!”

        • Kay Headley

          I took “new math” in 6th grade. Totally screwed up my math for my entire lifetime. I still hate math.

          • AmusedAgain

            Kay’s a poor victim….

          • Virginia Polk

            Kay I quit school in the 9th grade ,Have never regretted it and I feel like I am better educated than the graduates of today.Our schools are messing up our children & money won’t fix what’s wrong with the schools

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      I usually end up with more friends than beer XD Jawamax 8<{D}

      • 0bamasnought

        I rarely share my rum.
        Friends are infinite, rum isn’t.

        • Finrod Felagund

          Why is the rum always gone?

          • Scree El Tort

            Because rum isn’t infinite. Aren’t you following along in your Rum 101 textbook?

          • 0bamasnought

            Near insatiable thirst for enjoyment.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      You got it, there therealguyfaux! ;’) They be so woe as me helpless, and have no will, nor sense of wonderment, intrigue…sick and sad, sad and sick.

  • stellatruman

    Indoctrination 101…and I thought my public school education in Mass had a slant

    • snowleopard (the true one)

      Good to see more people are aware of what Common Core is about.

  • Apostic

    Meh. I get the “array model” lesson because it shows how the associative principle works. (Edit: therealguyfaux’s ‘splaination was more practical.) I think the monstrous addition is supposed to show how to add two double digit numbers by ones and tens: add the ones until you hit a ten, add the tens, then add the ones left over. Not sure that helps. Good chance they’d revise that “possessive nouns” lesson come Jan 2017.

    • alanstorm

      Actually, the bizarre part of the problem is the language –

      WTF is “…move the learning forward”? It RESEMBLES English the way Miley Cyrus’ stuff resembles music.

      • TheOracle

        “…move the learning forward” is progressive speak.

        • alanstorm

          I got that part, but does it actually mean anything, or is it simply filler, like most liberal “thought”?

    • JamesMc

      I guess it depends on the grade level for its advisability. An array model is good for teaching multiplication principles. I don’t think that starting pre-algebraic principles on children that haven’t mastered (or are just being instructed in) multiplication is a wise method.

    • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

      There was a thread on this a few months back. It was my argument then (Math BS, comp sci, Math MSce comp sci) that teaching number theory and using using places, exponents and associative mechanisms is the correct to way to teach a child addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This is what I was taught back the 60’s. It works. Do not spin it, dumb it down, or use terms that are not effective and lasting mechanism to instill a love of mathematics. The same can be said for reading and writing.

      Common core is about making mathematics, reading and writing a task understood only as something one must be able to do, not something that people should love to do. The goal is to create a population that is indoctrinated, dependent and enslaved.

      • JamesMc

        You weren’t instructed by rote learning of the Multiplication Table first? They must have really dumbed things down by the eighties when I was in primary school. I only received algebraic instruction in the gifted program in 3-5th grades. Unless one was in the top 10 percentile, further mathematical instruction was practically non existent prior to 8th or 9th grade.

      • AmusedAgain

        This actually is a pretty interesting point you’ve made here.

        Kids do learn in different ways and at different paces.

        All of the “accountability” programs are trying to put a FLOOR under academic development, and to measure the effectiveness of the educational process.

        While it is true that math, reading and writing are all key tasks that must be mastered to be successful in the economy, making sure that all children love what they’re doing while learning it is an expensive proposition. Raising the CEILING on the academic process–having resources so that the gifted can excel–is viewed as a luxury that many property tax-burdened communities can no longer consider.

        The goal of public education is not indoctrination, dependency, or enslavement…that’s actually the goal of organized religion.

        The goal of public education is teaching the skills needed to live in a democracy and to create value in the economy. Some of those skills are academic, some are social.

        Unless you’re a hermit, you need both types of skills.

        • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

          And you have raised some interesting points here as we’ll, some very interesting points. I have not encountered some of them stated so clearly before. I can not offer any thoughts at this point, the third to to the last and second to the last paragraph you have offered require so,ex careful consideration. For the record, I do not agree that with your statement with regard to religion. If you had said “organized hierarchical religion” than you would possibly have yet another point to debate.

          Belief in something greater than ourselves has characteristics of being hard wired. Judeo-Christian scholars that are work independently of a major religious organization and also profess faith do not function in the manner you describe either.

          With regard to the roll of public education and democracy, the problem with you’re argument would seem to be that the Constitution does not describe a democracy, and it is primarily through the actions of progressive democrats between 1913 and 1967 that we have become less legislative republic and more popular democracy.

          Excellent thoughts, I thank you for making the effort. I hope to have some time to give them the consideration they deserves in the next several days.

          • AmusedAgain

            I accept your amendments…good thoughts. Thank you.
            Organized hierarchical religion is absolutely correct; I’ll not stuff words into the Founding Fathers’ mouths. The first amendment contains two very specific points: government may not establish religion, yet it may not interfere unduly in our right to assemble (i.e., belong to a religion). Our rights in religion are individual rights, not collective. We each have a right to believe without the government being involved in how. On the other hand, organized religion does not, by virtue of having members who follow specific clergy, provide that clergy some special status that grants them political power within the American governmental system outside of their (a) [individual] right to speak and (b) [individual] personal vote. This is a very difficult concept to grasp.
            Instead of democracy, I’d restate it as “our” society. There are definitely fringe positions–which may be understood on an intellectual level–without threatening the fabric of a society.

            And I have no problem with your thoughts about belief in something greater than ourselves. I respect your beliefs, and ask your forbearance that you accept mine, assuming that each of us is free to believe as we wish regarding religion without (a) government taking positions that one of our beliefs is “more correct” than the other, or (b) either of our religions having more of a say in how the other’s adherents believe and behave.

            I do not think it’s the role of the schools to mess with “beliefs”, other than to build tolerance through historical perspective. I don’t think of tolerance as a belief, although in many religions, it may be considered a virtue. While it is true that you cannot understand “our” shared history without teaching the lessons of Medieval Europe, the Inquisition, and the Crusades, etc., the history does not necessarily lead to confronting beliefs.

            (“Our” shared history is another discussion, as a very small percentage of Americans can trace their ancestors back to Plymouth Rock or even to 1776…yet our first president was George Washington and we celebrate the Pilgrims and Columbus.)

            Should the Pledge of Allegiance be mandatory, optional, or omitted??? This is an interesting case of balancing a group societal point of view vs. indoctrination. Are you compelling behavior, or is pressure to conform here, regardless of whether you have consequences for non-compliance, a form of bullying? Very interesting…

          • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

            With regard to shared beliefs — no arguments from me here; my own American History begins in the early 20th century. With regard to acceptance of your first most recent paragraph, I can find nothing in your argument that does not in some way mirror my own beliefs. For purposes of any future conversations (and I sincerely hope there are many), “our society” is accepted.

            Old business — goal of public education; in an open, free market society this would seem to be the ideal goal of a public education and could be described as what the early public education systems starting with the Massachusetts Bay Colony Requirements and up to sometime in the late 19th century. Things started going wrong sometime after that. The point I raised, is more fairly stated as what is has become post the establishment of Department of Education by Carter. Further I would argue that our society at as whole does a disservice to itself when it is not recognized that some people should be given a go far into education, complete a combined level of theoretical and practical eduction, or complete on minimal level of theoretical education, yet receive extensive practical education to produce truly skilled trades people.

            New Business — Pledge of Allegiance; you have found one of my pet peeves. I am not a fan of forcing anyone to make any pledge for any reason. Without getting into a very long post, I believe that mandatory pledges are problematic from religious, political and economic issues. What am I pledging? what does it truly mean? and what do I get by making the pledge? All this leads to therefore to what does the state owe me because I have [EDIT] made the pledge. The problem now becomes to what is the legal ramification of a pledge, in this case the US Pledge of Allegiance, which in our case is actually nothing. I do object to the manner in which is was created in 1892, and I do object to the manner in which it has been modified through the years. As a Christian and a moralist, I find aspects of the Pledge of Allegiance personally troubling. I believe the correct political path for any such pledge should have been Constitutional, not simple legislative. EDIT: and thus it would have never come into use.

            I believe your questions raise these same issues. Compelling behavior is a dangerous thing, but I’ll leave this point for now.

            Further I believe that to receive the benefits of citizenship, one should be required to take an oath of citizenship, upon reaching a legal age, regardless of where or when an individual was born. Violation of the oath of citizenship means violation of the benefits of citizenship, as well as possible legal action up to and including revocation of citizenship and include [EDIT] deportation. Something given without requirement is in my mind, meaningless and therefore without value.

            My usual closing point on this topic is that no member of the US Military has service based on the Pledge of Allegiance, military service is based on defense of the Constitution as it should be. Any and every member of my family that been mentally and physically capable of serving in the US military has taken that oath proudly starting the arrival of my Grandfather in the first years of the 2nd decade of the 20th Century.

            I am thrilled to have made your acquaintance and I look forward to further discussions in the future. I’ve had a very pleasant afternoon thinking about this, rather than taking what has become my usual afternoon nap. It is now time for something to eat, and I expect and early bedtime (recovering from some major surgery on a leave of absence).

          • AmusedAgain

            Thank you for your careful consideration, and for your service in our military. Thank you also for your kind words.

            I pray that you enjoy an excellent recovery and enjoy many more years of comfortable life.

    • AZcommenter

      No kidding. If there was a Republican president, we wouldn’t be seeing “he makes sure the country’s laws are fair,” and “government officials’ commands must be obeyed by all.” Instead, we’d be seeing “dissent is the highest form of patriotism, and sometimes it’s a citizen’s duty to disobey laws that are unfair.”

  • Fhalkyn Phoenix

    The fifth picture down from the top is particularly ominous… when they say “hold the flag high,” do they mean a red one?

  • thedumbblonde

    Rap Math: I need to pour out 40oz to honor a fallen homie but I’ve only got 8oz cans. How many cans do I need to mourn properly? Show your work.

    /not mine

    • spaceycakes

      WEST SIDE til I die!

  • John Howard


    I suspect their greatest objection to anything secular in school is that it’s teaching the kids to worship the wrong Supreme Being.

    • MJ Pauls

      Your ‘OBEY OBEY OBEY!’ made me think of the Daleks, then I realized that’s what they want: robots who work only for the collective and exterminate anyone who disagrees with them. Does that make Obama Davros?

  • rambler

    Common core was written by idiots and they hope no one will notice.

  • AZcommenter

    OMG. That one on “possessive nouns” is blatant leftist political indoctrination. If my kid brought home something like that I’d be leading an insurrection against the school board that allowed that kind of garbage into the schools.

  • Scott Anderson

    How many stars? All of them.

  • texastommy

    There’s a lot of crap associated with CC, a lot of it is shown here, but the one with the hand in the photo is not one of them. If you can’t identify the extraneous information and come up with the correct answer in three seconds, you should sue your old school district.

    By the way, we had problems like that particular one back in the 50’s.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      But it’s STILL insoluble: “Gymnastics meet two hours/ eight participants/ four events– how many events will be scored?”
      But that begs the question that ANY events will be scored; it assumes the kid knows that a “meet” isn’t just an exhibition, and it assumes that it in fact IS a meet in which scores will be kept, as opposed to one in which ALL participants get trophies (which may be something the child is more familiar with).
      As a practical matter, “Not Enough Info” is the de facto correct answer.

    • DirigoMark

      Read it again. It says “how many events will be scored?” not “how many scores will be issued.” And each competes in 4 events but we don’t know if they compete in the same events. If all the gymnasts compete in the same 4 events the answer is 4. If only 2 compete in each event the answer is 16. Somehow I don’t think most will come up with “more than 3 and less than 17” in 3 seconds.

      • SpaceRacer423

        wow- that IS poorly worded.
        *if each person is in 4 events, then their are at least 4 events.
        * its doesn’t say they are competing in the SAME events
        or even against each other. It could be qualifying trails.
        *8 gymnasts in 4 possibly different events = 32 possible events.
        So the answer is “No less 4, no more than 32.”

        • DirigoMark

          “It has 8 competitors.” To compete and not just perform, at least 2 must be in each event, so the maximum number of events is 16. But, yes, it is extraordinarily poorly worded.

          • SpaceRacer423

            wait a sec, youre assuming they are competing against each other.
            This could be a qualifying trail event where each competitor tries to obtain a certain score.
            ex: you must obtain a 9.6 to qualify for the next competition for the floor exercise.
            If that’s the case, then there could be 32 events with each gymnasts competing against a scoring standard instead of each other.

          • SpaceRacer423

            truth be told, I cant even name 32 different gymnastics events,
            unless we’re including “rhythmic gymnastics” which is usually considered a different sport.
            However Im sure none of us would dare exclude “ribbon dancing.”

          • Beth

            And, as you mentioned in your opening comment, there is no information relating to how many events will be scored. No calculation based on those numbers can answer the question with regard to the number of events that are scored, as opposed to the number of events at the meet.

          • AmusedAgain

            It is poorly written. It clearly says that there are 4 events, however, so the answer should be 4.

  • marion vega

    Were some of these tests written by the professionally brain dead?

    • Blake Waymire

      Considering these tests were likely written by progressives, the answer is a very, very likely “Yes”

  • ScarlettNY

    I tried to speak with my child’s Principal about the indoctrination of my child by on of his teachers. I was basically threatened by her stating (lies) that my child needs to understand that the teachers are the authority and he needs to conform or he will be dealt with. Hello to homeschooling 2014. These progressives have come for our children and they will do whatever they have to do.

    • Emily B

      This is my 2nd year homeschooling my kids and I LOVE it!! I can’t believe I ever did anything else.

    • rambler

      Yes, they do believe that they are in charge. I’m not sure when that started. I had a principal make the mistake of telling me that she was in charge of my son’s education and she got the reality check of her life when I told her otherwise. It would be one thing if the current school systems actually produced good results, but instead the quality of education has gone down while the “educators’ ” sense of power and phoney belief in capabilities have gone up. They are so FOS.

  • ElbethL

    But “custom” and “habit” could be interchangible in that question. Either would be correct. (There’s a much bigger rant struggling to get free, but I’ll leave it at that for now.)

    • therantinggeek

      Don’t hold back…

    • AMSilver

      Awww… Rants are fun!

      • nickdqwk

        Used to hunt rants on Rigel IV!


    You understand that Common Core is designed to dumb down the Average American Child who attends Public School! We can not have free thinkers, or children who are taught to think for themselves, but must rely on the Federal Govt to supply their needs, Food, Apts, Health/Care, transportation, name the item and think how the Fed/Gov is supplying these items to the poor today, tomorrow they will supply them to the middle class.

    • AmusedAgain

      LMAO. This is the same macramé-laced rant that the free love Hippies advanced about The Man in the 1960’s! Groovy, baby!!!!

      • Virginia Polk

        Well maybe they were right in the 60s because I went to school in the 5os,Dropped out of school in the 9th grade and have never looked back.They taught me phonics and I have never stopped learning to read better and better.But they don’t teach the stuff that works any more they are definitely dumbing our children down & they are doing it for a reason.So they will have to depend on the government and it is working.JUST LOOKN AROUND

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    We are screwed.

    • therantinggeek

      THAT’S an understatement! Is it any wonder WHY I’m seriously considering sending my child to private school, or homeschool him?

      • Marvin Nelson

        For your child’s sake and your sanity, please do one of these two. If I had kids, I would not subject them to government school indoctrination.

        • therantinggeek

          Oh trust me, I’m looking into both options. I still have some time, thankfully.

      • mickeyco

        And there is the reason DoJ tried to interfere in LA’s school voucher program. Government doesn’t have the control.

    • CelticDenise

      Only if you play along.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    With the first two shown, I don’t see a problem; nor do I see a problem with the last one, and apparently there is no problem with the one, where 15-4=9, except the teacher can’t subtract. The others however have serious problems.

  • Jason

    How creepy is that worksheet about the President and the Government? Blew my mind!

    • Virginia Polk

      In the 1980s there was a family in Longview Texas that discovered in their child’s history book that George Washington was given ONE paragraph while Marilyn Monroe was given five pages so they started working on the board about the text books Their name was Mel & Norma Gabler. I don’t know if they are still alive but they made a big difference in which books Texas would accept,I’m sure you can find information about them and their work.We as parents and Grandparents MUST become more active in education if we are going to stop this trash they are pumping into our precious children.Parents are so busy trying to pay the bills and the government is taking over everything .There shouldn’t even be a federal department of anything to do with education,We can do a much better job ourselves.AND MUST GET BUSY with GOD’s help we can fix our education system and make it the best in the world like it was before the feds took over.

  • Jibber Jabber Joe

    What they would like to say:

    The job of the president is to defile the Constitution.
    The president’s job is to defile the Constitution.

  • sacha

    Ed Sec. Arne Duncan said White suburban mothers oppose Common Core because it shows that their kids aren’t that brilliant. The question I have wanted to ask Mr. Duncan since reading about his comments is this: So do minority urban mothers support Common Core because they know their kids are morons?

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    I’ve seen work like this when my Nephew Rob was in Elementary School… NO WONDER he couldn’t understand it!Jawamax 8<{D}

  • MrApple

    Even if you don’t homeschool, not everyone can or is honestly smart enough to do so, make sure that you work on the basics with your child at home and over their summer break. This Common Core stuff is little more than confusing propaganda.

  • Richard Nightwood

    “The President has two dogs. If one dog is prepared for dinner, how many dogs are left? Show your work.”

    • Darth Venomous✓unmedicated

      Thread winner.

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      1.5, assuming Michelle doesn’t let Barack eat one whole dog in one sitting. He’d probably want morning leftovers anyway.

    • AmusedAgain

      Poorly worded. Dogs are always prepared for dinner.

  • FaithColeridge33

    Don’t they mean progressive pronouns?

  • Marcy Cook

    I still like the old fashioned way of learning to count. Fingers and toes. Works for me.

  • nosocialism29

    School boards are elected by parents, are they not? I don’t understand why they elect people that allow this, this does not benefit their kids. WHAT THE HECK ARE PARENTS THINKING!!!

  • stuckinIL4now

    It’s obvious to me that this is training to be either future leftistcommiesocprog leaders or to live as a subject of a dicktatorship because it’s loaded with propaganda and you basically make up the answers to be whatever you want them to be out of murky and unclear information. And anyone notice the lettering on the “Monstrous Hundred Chart Addition” homework? What is that–training to write serial killer letters?

  • Zathras11 @B5

    Quick, someone inform Gene Simmons. He seemed to think that this was a good idea.

  • Marvin Nelson

    As a mathematics educator, I have always believed that text books and workbooks should NOT be allowed in K-2 classroom. The kids need to be allowed to build their own knowledge through exploration and guided discovery. This Common Core nonsense needs to be killed now and I mean the ENTIRE program.

    • musiciangirl591

      i agree with you, when i was in grade school, we didn’t work with workbooks until at least the 3rd grade

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Burt Gummer was right when asked what a government agent should do. “You guys do what you do best: find something simple and complicate it.”

    “The president’s choices affect everyone.”

    Unless you’re a Democrat. Then you can get an under-the-table exemption to a program you voted for and publicly supported, but would never dream of signing up for yourself.

  • Scorpion

    Tangible proof that Common Core is in reality, a core sample of the Education Department’s lower rear abdominal cavity.

  • Richard Nightwood

    There is also a new government program to help the Sandra Fluke types in America, it’s called “Common Whore”.

    Ms. Fluke has two condoms. There are 17 street bums and drifters lined up outside her door waiting for a turn. How many more government-provided condoms will Ms. Fluke need to service all of the men? Show your work in pie-chart form (no pun intended).

    • therantinggeek

      It’s a good thing I haven’t had lunch yet. Thanks for the mental picture. Now I have to find some industrial-strength mindbleach to get rid of said image. 😛

    • Virginia Polk

      I don’t know how any one else fells about it but when Fluke was sitting in that meeting testifying —I was sitting in my house thinking,What have we become? She was telling every one that they need to pay for her to fornicate.You can dress it up and call it any pretty new names but it is still not something to brag about.They call murdering babies in the womb (REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE). How did I get started on that?I’ll put my soap box away for now.

  • BorderLine Guy

    Now I’m beginning to wonder if my two kids’ lack of homework isn’t a a plan to keep parents from seeing how crappy the standards are.

    • therantinggeek

      I’d start asking questions, if I were you. #mytwocents

      • BorderLine Guy

        Absolutely. Just realized this week that common core was in our school district. I have respect for the curriculum man in charge, but he’s very liberal.

        • therantinggeek

          If I may ask…whom, exactly, put him in said role?

          • BorderLine Guy

            That, I do not know. I don’t know when he started exactly, but the last two supers (shockingly) were liberal, as is our state education commish. (Wisconsin)

          • therantinggeek

            Don’t feel so bad. I live in a very deep Blue state. I’ll let you guess what’s practically within a stone’s throw from where I live.

        • Axelgreaser

          You might want to see how far the horrific Obama ‘Agenda 21’ nightmare has been stealthily programmed into your city as well. Common Core and that awful United Nations program is being insinuated into communities, hand in hand. Both can be stopped, but they are like cancer and Obama Care, they must be caught early. Oh, sorry, this week our ‘Daddy’, the great and powerful Obama would like this stinking pile of fish heads to be referred to as ‘The Affordable Health Care Act.’ You know, since he’s been caught, along with people like Kirsten Gillibrand as liars who secreted the truth and aftermath of what I will always call: O’Crap Care.

  • Emily B

    Common core word problems….

  • World B. Free

    The sad thing about all this is, kids will become confused and frustrated and just give up. We are going to see the dropout rate skyrocket over the next 10 years if Common Core is implemented on a widespread basis.

    • Axelgreaser

      Don’t you think by the time that happens our ‘Daddy’, the government that Obama is putting in place (“We’ve only begun to lay the foundation..”–Michelle ‘McRib Killjoy’ Obama) will have created ‘alternative learning center’s’ for hard cord ‘allegiance to the State’ learning programs/training? Put nothing past insane liberals.

  • CHHR

    Just wanted to let you know – today I received my Fiscal Cliff Survival Pack from
    the White House. It contained the following:
    1) parachute,
    2) ‘Obama Hope & Change’ bumper sticker,
    3) ‘Bush’s Fault’ yard sign,
    4) ‘Blame Boehner’ poster,
    5) ‘Tax the Rich’ banner,
    6) application for unemployment,
    7) application for food stamps,
    8) a prayer rug,
    9) letter of assignation of debt to my grandchildren
    10) all wrapped in a copy of a common core curriculum to study
    and if that was not enough, there was a coupon for a machine that blows smoke up my #$%$ Everything was made in “China” and all directions were in Spanish.

    Keep an eye out. Yours should arrive soon!

    • SisterMary

      Think of it this way: It will keep you too busy to apply for obamacare :)

      • CHHR

        I didn’t have to “apply” the system graciously enrolled me in Medicaid with nary a finger lifted by me because they knew I couldn’t make decisions all by myself without their help. Cool huh?

        • SisterMary

          Oh my. If only I had some witty repartee…but between Common Core, Obamacare, and the Nuclear Option now being embraced by the once-affronted democrats, I am burdened with only lackluster and dreary riposte.

  • Axelgreaser

    DO THESE PARENTS REALIZE THEY RISK ‘ARREST’ UNDER BARACK OBAMA? For questioning the ‘State?’ The ‘Collective?’ Like this father: The statist concept that your children ‘are not yours’ which Melissa Harris Perry has already ‘floated’ and which Hillary Clinton ascribes to, is a warning. Common Core is another step towards a nation under the thumb of a dictatorship. Have you noticed the word ‘unintelligible’ keeps cropping up under the Obama regime? As in regards to the ‘Obama Care’ website and sign up process. Or the White House excuses, distortions and lies regarding that and many other of Obama’s various scandals. It always reverts back to ‘unintelligible.’

  • The Rising

    That is stunning. I don’t even know how to process this.

  • irishgirl91

    Well the best way to make kids believe their parents are “out of the loop” and don’t understand anything, is to get them young. See, you understand this and your parents don’t, they really can’t be relied on to understand anything in today’s world.

    • Axelgreaser

      You’re on to something there. The Common Core indoctrination is reminiscent of that incident in California when school children were sent home with Obama Care propaganda and parents became enraged that their kids were being used as a conduit for socialism. I’m sure if anyone confronted Obama with it, he ‘wouldn’t know anything about that.” And along the same line, here is more lunacy:

  • Texan357

    “use the array model to move the learning forward?” Absolute gibberish!

    • Axelgreaser

      Kind of sounds like the communist slogan (of Obama’s mentor Frank Marshall’s inception, and used by Barack Obama early in the 2012 campaign): “Lean Forward!”

      • Stu Gotts

        “Forward” has been used in campaign slogans by all the big-time totalitarian communists throughout history….Mao (“Great Leap Forward”,) Lenin, Stalin…all used the term. The German word for “Forward” was also the title of the newspaper which published Marx and Engels papers on collectivism back in the mid 1800s.

        • Axelgreaser

          And their ‘rule’ always has ended in imprisonment, abuse, terrorization and finally mass murder. We are shocked by what we arrogantly consider what must have been very stupid behavior on the part of their victims for allowing these butchers to hold sway over their lives. But we are watching it happen in America right now with our indolent noses stuck into our TV screens, with nary a peep. Generations from now, after horrendous battles have been waged to regain freedom on this plot of soil that was once referred to a ‘free America’, the brave souls who will have to wrench it back out of the hands of progressive lunatics will say: ‘What were they thinking!?’

          • rj5717

            The best argument for vehemently defending your 2nd amendment rights… a well armed populace in the face of a tyrannical government run amok.

          • Stu Gotts

            Also, when Obama was running for re-election they put out a short video entitled “The Road We’ve Traveled” (narrated by Tom Hanks) about the “successes” of Barry’s first term. The title bears a striking resemblance to a book from the 1940s entitled “The Road We Are Traveling” which laid out the plan that Fabian Socialists of the day had for replacing free market capitalism with a centralized socialist/collectivist system. Anyone who claims they’re not following those same ruinous ideals are either lying, crazy, or otherwise kidding themselves.

    • Cymbaline

      It’s the new slogan for MSNBC.

    • AMSilver

      Math is supposed to use definate, precise language. Moving the learning forward sounds like one of those nonsense phrases you’d use to try and impress your not-very-bright English teacher. What function does ‘move the learning forward’ describe?

  • Rick C

    That math crossword thing is scary. Who adds like this? 37, 38, 39, 40, 50, 60, 70, 71, 72?!

    • Chundo

      People who can do mental math quickly.

  • SpringTexas

    There’s no explanation on the worksheets because they don’t want parents involved in the homework/education.

  • Rick Rios

    The question is how can we the parents can fight back and get our kids back on track. We need to unite and fight the system, organize ourselves and stop the Common Core, replace it with a curriculum where our kids can learn and advance without indoctrination.

  • WhoDat

    That gymnastics one: 32. I think.

    All of this looks like ways to get parents more involved in their child’s learning.

    • World B. Free

      That is going to be the unintended consequence. More homeschooling.

  • 8-Cow Wife

    This isn’t an effective criticism of Common Core because these are MATERIALS based on CC standards — there were poor materials before CC, and there were poor teaching methods before CC — that’s an issue of course design, not ‘standards’. If you want to stop the implementation of CC you need to attack the actual standards and/or the concept of states adopting fed mandates re education.

    Conservatives are getting sloppy.

  • Tony Filipeli

    The only way children benefit from education is IF they get an education. The CORE program dumbs down the entirety of the schooling process. The schools teach, they no longer educate and this is due to the political interaction with the schools. There are admin and teachers within the system and the goal is to create a generation of ignorant students, unable to comprehend the simplest of ideas.

  • Louie Johnson

    Look people your children are being tested to see if their analytical and cognitive skills are above average. I was given these skills test before elementary school also, only a few of us scored above average and higher. We were place in advance training classes with teachers that were told to train government programs. As a doctor, engineer and very happy father of three I understand some of the problems parent here are questioning the need. How are children are conditioned, physically and mentally does determine their abilities later in life. Learn with them and encourage their learning. Asking questions helps not becoming angry.

    • Spinmamma

      Whatever advanced classes you attended, they did not help you write coherently. (See, e.g., sentence 3) I suggest you proof read your post. Furthermore, conditioning is the issue.

  • Obama my Nigga

    “Government officials’ commands must be obeyed by all.” “An individual’s wants are less important than the nation’s well-being.” These statements are sedition and treason.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Yet, we know that and so does the house, and the senate…and Harry is Obama’s Joseph Goebbel’s waterboy.

  • Frank.Da.Cat

    Wow that possessive nouns assignment is all about indoctrination now isn’t it.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty


  • Mickey John

    this is why we pulled our 3 kids out of public school and are homeschooling. Then so sais the CPS might show up at our house and take our kids because we are high risk,,Like I said then and will again hoping one of their idiots is monitoring Make that mistake and I will shoot your ass fucking dead PERIOD!!!

    • AmusedAgain


  • SunGodAZ

    If political leader A, is in trouble due to an unemployment rate of 8.1, how many people at the Census Bureau will it take to change it to 7.8?

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Snap thy 0’fingers, and it be done at the Department of Labor…poof!

  • jb80538

    Common core needs to be done away with.

  • Revan

    Oh look they are trying to get more people to vote liberal by making them as dumb as they are.

  • Revan

    This is just so bad.

    • Axelgreaser

      Seems like as with Obama Care, it was meant to be bad. To break down the health & educational system once and for all, for total control, just as he is doing to small businesses, coal, and the monetary system…all while America dozes or ‘looks over there’ at one of Obama’s purposefully set fires. Now why would anyone want total control of the populace? I guess it’s too late to ask Nicolae Ceausescu. Hitler. Or Mao.

      • Revan

        I been thinking the same thing. I just pray the other shoe does not drop soon.

  • DrKennethNoisewaterMD

    Hahaha, sheikh islam and his intellectuals cooked this up in their meth pot, and like islamcare, it’s a total failure.

  • Louise

    It was hard enough to help the grandkids, but now it’s really hard. Even their teacher mother doesn’t understand it!

  • ToyZebra

    “The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.” Did they repurpose a test for Hitler Youth?

    • TundraThunder


      • World B. Free

        Achtung, baby!

  • Kristopher Schindler

    I have often said that they want to keep our kids dumb, but they did not need to go out of their way to prove me right!

  • keyboard jockey

    Jeb Bush and the Governor of Oklahoma both republicans are promoting this B.S. Liberal’s have an excuse this their agenda- indoctrination. Republicans that support Common Core have no excuse.

    • HanaFiveO

      At first I thought that maybe they were sold a bill of goods. When I started following the CC issue a few years ago, at first it didn’t sound that bad, the more I learned about it tho the less I liked it. When CC associates purchased the company that publishes textbooks, the CC agenda really became obvious and its negative impact on learning was in your face.

      Chicago was one of the first school systems to adopt CC. They soon had a 50% failure rate.
      Hawaii jumped on the CC bandwagon early on and were at a 56% failure rate. By removing the critical thinking factor in education and replacing it with blind word/picture associations, we are doing our kids a great disservice and creating generations of robot dummies.

      • keyboard jockey

        I think it’s something that neither Jeb Bush or Mary Fallin have thought through.

        They need to reassess their position. They are going to be sorry for hopping on the Common Core bandwagon.

        • HanaFiveO

          Not sure about Mary Fallin but Jeb Bush has doubled down ad then tripled down, so hes got no pass from me.
          He attacked Michelle Malkin personally and has basically dismissed parents concerns. He thinks they’re just too stupid to understand/comprehend/appreciate the basic principles of CC

          • keyboard jockey

            Mary Fallin won’t back down either. Makes me wonder if they both have been lobbied hard by the entities that benefit by Common Core?

          • HanaFiveO

            Or, they are both closet progressives. Wouldn’t surprise me to follow the money and find they were heavy investors tho.

          • keyboard jockey

            Fallin runs the to the far right when she runs for the evangelical vote. Oklahoma is still southern baptist country.

            I truly think the people promoting it are doing so for the people who donate to their campaigns or promising some kind of favors?

          • HanaFiveO

            You must be right, with all the fall out and states dumping CC and creating more fall out, there must be a reason for them to double down when its way past the time to denounce it.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    For any government to OVER-RIDE parents is Death!

  • My2cents

    some of these seem reasonable to me. What is the alternative way of teaching that you would like to see.

    • LeftistsStink

      Arithmetic Without a Pencil by E. M. Joy (1902) worked then and it works now. The teachers unions would hate it as it is concise and thorough, cutting out the need for the current excessive years of wasting students’ time while churning out mathematically challenged doorstops.

      • SisterMary

        This reminds me of the arithmetic we learned. Of course this was before “new math.”

        Is it just me, or does it seem like every iteration of a new educational policy dumbs our children down even further?

        New Math
        Reform Math
        No Child Left Behind
        Race to the Top

        It is a sad fact that the only tried and true method in the United States that allows our children to achieve and master the concepts of mathematics is the Japanese system of Kumon. And almost all parents that I know, who want their children to truly succeed in this subject, pay for after school lessons.

        • LeftistsStink

          I am not familiar with Kumon. I will look into it. Thanks for the info. I used the above book, Arithmetic Without a Pencil, with my son and he earned both the math and science awards at high school graduation and is now studying engineering, so I know it does work well.

      • My2cents

        From just seeing the preview in Amazon, it seems like a basic, no-frills math book. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that as well. But is that the option — Joy’s book or common core?

        Some of the problems posed in the questions, to me, seem good. The question about the gymnastics meet and the chicken soup for example, require some thought, other than just multiplying two numbers together to arrive at the correct answer. Other like the row math seem pointless.

        In the final analysis, as long as they learn to read, write and add, I’m less concerned about the method than I am about the results.

        I prefer a more basic core as well, with an emphasis on math. To that end I supplement my daughter’s school work with lesson from Khan academy, especially during the summer break.

        I think a child’s education doesn’t begin and end at school.

        • LeftistsStink

          Joy’s book contains loads of great word problems. What I have seen in public education, even before Common Core, is teachers telling students they don’t need to learn number facts because they have calculators. One teacher actually told a class of 4th graders that no one ever asked him to do a number fact sheet at a job interview. Unbelievable. Needless to say, his students still couldn’t do basic facts upon entering 5th grade and this was a gifted class. As I’m sure you know, students must understand what they need to do to solve word problems in order to make use of a calculator in the first place, that is, for more than doing the simplest operations. What numbers mean and what happens when they are manipulated and why, is something students need to grasp in their minds, not only as symbols on paper. This is the reason I love the book Arithmetic Without a Pencil.
          I agree, a child’s education doesn’t begin and end at school.

  • rickmcknight

    Maxwell Smart would say “Ah Yes 99. The old dumb down trick”!

  • $42734

    Stop complaining you whiners. A government official’s commands must be obeyed by all!

  • Polly Purebred

    How long before they’ll make homeschooling illegal? One executive order should take care of it. I see this coming.

  • Stephen Brewer

    Solve: 6 years have passed. 30 national problems have been multiplied by 3. Is it still Bush’s fault? (Answering “No” is not an option)

  • PierceEye

    They will soon outlaw Home Schooling..Watch.

    • HanaFiveO

      They have already started that process in many states with licensing and regulations. Most folks are unable financially or physically to comply with the requirements.

  • mom321

    Except for the example of the incorrect answer (15 – 4 = 9, which should be 11), everything seems absolutely reasonable. This is the whiniest post I’ve read for a while.

    • Spinmamma

      Really? You have no problem with your kid intoning :”Government Official’s commands must be obeyed by all.”?

      • mom321

        You must be that induhvidual that sped off from the cops in Arizona the other day with a minivan full of kids.

        • KhadijahMuhammad

          Spin asked you an entirely reasonable question. Going to answer or dodge?

          • mom321

            Yes, you should obey government officials, at least when they are giving appropriate orders. For example, follow evacuation orders when hurricanes are coming. Pull over when signaled by police. Do as instructed by the firemen.

            There are some corrupt government officials, and there are some idiot citizens as well … it works both ways. Parents should teach their children what is appropriate and what is not.

          • HanaFiveO

            “Yes, you should obey government officials, at least when they are giving appropriate orders.”

            You gave a qualifier that nullifies your argument. Who decides what is an appropriate order?

            Was it appropriate for the Japanese to follow the orders of government officials when they were marched off to internment camps and their assets/property seized? They were raised on the notion of respecting elders/governments orders, so they obeyed. But was it appropriate? Not even close.

            This is the folly of believing that the government will never give you an order that will hurt you.

        • Spinmamma

          And you must be that social worker who took the little boy from his parents because they sent him to school with a peanut butter sandwich in his lunch.

  • charlachico


    • AmusedAgain

      Homeschoolers learn only one thing better than their in-school counterparts: how to engage (but not disengage) CAPS LOCK.

  • Guest

    I can see the future!

  • Andy Rigo ✓ᵗᵉʳʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    • AmusedAgain

      Home school at the Rigo’s. Thanks for the home video.

  • KenK

    Once again, we have a misattribution of facts about Common Core. None of what appears above is actually Common Core material…it is, however, planning guides, worksheets, etc that companies produce to “help” teachers plan, teach, reinforce, etc. It is up to individual districts whether or not to use this stuff.

    Here is an example of a Common Core Standard, from 5th Grade Math, Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 5.OA.A.2: Write and interpret numerical expressions.
    –Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” as 2 x (8+7).

    The Language Arts Standards are equally austere in nature. The point is, while Common Core is not perfect, and we need to eliminate standardized testing, it’s important to know the difference between Common Core and materials purchased for implementing it as two separate entities.

    If you want, you can look up the standards on the web or download an app.

  • DwellsInFire

    I still remember one of the other common core questions posted on twitchy: “If math were a color, what color would it be?”

  • geronl

    Government schools are child abuse

  • Christie Riopelle

    Thankyou for posting- we have been struggling with the math portion of common core for three years now and I thought it was just us. So frustrating, because the teachers no longer teach them a base to work from and then the abstract and vague questions they throw at kids- what kid understands vague and abstract at eight years old!! And my kid’s teachers agree with me, but their hands are tied when it comes to how they can teach math. It’s not right!!

    • Ntr

      Their hands are not tied, that’s an excuse just because they don’t want to lose their teaching position. They need to challenge their school district to change the curriculum or they’re going to find themselves short of a job.

      That is, once the federal and state governments (under the guidance of federal oversight) start training (indoctrinating) and appointing (installing) teachers, instead of teachers getting into the field. That’s what modern “liberalism” in education is striving for.

  • Bama59

    I thought until recently that our local schools were pretty good. I help our grandchildren with their homework and the middle one is now in the 5th grade. Why are they learning that someone special means lover? That is vocabulary now. The other problem I found recently, while helping her study I started reading off her words she had written down, she gave me the answers right off, then I asked if she knew what one of them meant. Answer, no I just have to listen for two certain words in the question to know the answer. They are teaching strictly to the test.Time for a trip to the BOE.

  • JR48

    All I can say to those parents is, it gets worse. I’ve been that parent, staring at a problem with a bunch of cubes and without an explanation as to what to do with it.

  • Nick Varnalis

    re-education camps

    • DeathMerchant

      Zieg Heil !!!!

  • Booker

    I’ve bumped into some of this shyte while going through my brother’s homework.

    • AmusedAgain

      You apparently haven’t gotten to the apostrophe and possessives chapters yet.

  • interestedobserver2

    What the hell is wrong with these people? Are they specifically TRYING to reach the stage of development depicted in the movie “Idiocracy?”

    • SturJen

      Someone might want to tell them that the movie is based 500 years in the future, not 5.

      • interestedobserver2

        Under common core, they may not be able to tell the difference!

  • Artie Occhiuzzo

    I see the biggest problem is people complaining but not doing enough to stave off this B.S they are feeding our youth it’s time America stood up to this Bas

  • Carol Griffin

    I always believed that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Thank goodness common crap showed me that convoluted reasoning is the way to go – to the nut house!

  • Stephen Schroeder

    I do not agree that the Government should be dictating what we should be teaching and how it is to be taught. With that said, this is really pathetic that parents cannot figure these out. I have been out of school for quite a long time and it only took about 30 seconds to figure them all out except of the Monsters chart. I did google that and it only took 3 minutes to completely figure it out.
    Screenshot 1 (The numbers and bubbles) – Simple, draw the number in the empty boxes and then select which group of bubbles represent 1.
    #2 (Lesson 10) – This is teaching the order of operations. This does not suprise me that this would confuse people. A few months ago, I had an arguement with someone on facebook on the answer of 6+8*0= ? If you think 0, you’re wrong. (Hint, the answer is 6, if you thought 0, maybe you need to go back to school)
    #3 (Multiple Choice) – A sloppy linebreak? Really? Now we are going to make execuses for the kid? Also let’s stick with 1 syllable words and not learn more than that.
    #4 (Possessive Nouns) – The problem is what? Civics and English being combined. The only problem I have, very slight though is #4 and #5. Hopfully there was more clarification in the discussion. Those phrases are not much different from what I learned when I was a kid.
    #5 (15-4) – Need more information. How do we know that was not her kid that wrote that down? I have never seen an answer key look like it is hand written.
    #6 (Spinning dial) ROFL LOL Really?!??! We are complaining about a brass fasteners? Teachers spend money out of their pockets all of the time, stop being a cheap skate and spend $2. Is it so far out of the realm of possibilties to just write the words out and then put an S in the front? Stop complaining.
    #7 (Monster Chart) – took about 3 minutes of googling, and this appears to not even be a common core sheet but a creation of Donna Boucher (Copyright 2012). It is just a simplied chart from adding on a Hundred Chart. Go down the columns by 10 and go right by 1s. I guess googling is too hard.
    #8 (Gymnastic meet) – Cross out the first sentence, answer is 32. The first sentence as nothing to do with the question. Again, parent fail.
    #9 (Flags) – Argument can be made about the Chinese flag but United States has stars there also. Tehre is lots of flags with stars like Hondorus, PNG, NZ, Venezuela, Tuvalu, The Old Bars and Stripes flag, Ghana, The EU, Australia and many other military, sea and state flags. Looks like someone is reading way too far into this one.
    This article is a waste of time and explaining the tweeted pictures is even a greater waste of time.

    • Melody Warbington

      For someone who apparently thinks he’s smarter than everyone else, you certainly have your share of misspelled words and grammatical errors in your comment. No excuses now. You’re not in K anymore. I guess spellcheck is just too hard.

      Longing for an app through which one can use a red pen on a blog.

      • Stephen Schroeder

        Not claiming or thinking I am smarter than anyone else but I do not find any of these problems difficult or confusing. I think the parents are just throwing up their hands in the air way too quick and complaining. Yes there are misspelled words but I am not writting a paper or a blog. If misspelling and typos are all you can nit-pick about, then you are missing the message.

        • SineWaveII

          You do see the fatal flaw in your logic though. You are an adult probably with an advanced education, so of course you understand them. I understand them as well. But these problems are for children who just starting to learn. What is to be gained by making it harder and more frustrating to learn? I know whereof I speak as I was a victim of “new math”.

          • Isabella1709

            Don’t bother with Stephen, he is just a prig.

            Common Core will die because it does not help a child learn. My parents were teachers and about every decade they came home with “miraculous new teaching methods” to try out that someone developed and for which they wanted to sell text books. Most of the time they were merely reworked stuff that experienced teachers recognized and shelved as unworkable. Mom helped develop the California aptitude tests used for nearly a generation and she did know her stuff. She would be appalled with CC.

    • DeathMerchant

      Took me a mere two seconds to guess who you voted for.

      • Stephen Schroeder

        I voted Romney. I hope that is who you thought. Again, these problems were easy. I disagree with Common Core. We should disagree with it because of the principle of big government needs to stay out of the job of teaching not because you cannot understand the problems being asked.

    • SineWaveII

      So what’s your take one “people must always obey government officials” and “the president’s job to make sure that laws are fair”?

      In the first place people don’t always have to obey government officials so that’s wrong and unconstitutional and in the second place it’s the supreme court’s job to make sure that laws are constitutional (which is the way that we as a country define “fair”) so that’s also wrong and unconstitutional as well.

      • Stephen Schroeder

        Actually this is tricky question. You will have to show me where it is unconstitutional. Just because we think something is unconstitutional, does not mean it is. first part you have to define is what is a “government official” and what role are they in? A local police officer orders you to leave a scene of a crime is not only constitutional it is generally the law. An IRS agent tells you the same thing, will more than likely get laughed at. This more falls under jurisdiction laws than anything else. It goes without saying that the President’s job is not about law fairness. That is what the Congress is suppose to do while the courts enforce and rule on constitutionality. (A very simplistic view)

        • SineWaveII

          OK let’s do that. The police (government officials) pound on your door at midnight. They tell you they have reason to believe criminal activity is taking place in your home and you have to let them in to search it. You ask them to see a warrant and they either say no or refuse to respond. Do you have to obey them? And if it “goes without saying” that the president’s job is not about fairness. Why are you arguing in favor of a lesson plan that says that it is?

          • Stephen Schroeder

            Fair enough, but we know at that point the police are in violation of your constitutional rights, so you do not have to obey them. I never argued in favor of Common Core, please read my first sentence in my OP. I am against the line of argument in complaining that parents find the curriculum questions too difficult to understand and using THAT as an argument against Common Core, instead of arguing against the blatant Federal government over-reach and trampling of States’ rights.

    • JamesMc

      The answer to #8 is 4. The question asks: “How many events will be scored?” The answer is found in “…each competes in four events.”
      However, I guess it could be a trick question and not all of the events would be scored.

    • notbent

      Ok, you’ve proved to yourself how clever you are, and to the rest of us how smug and condescending. Too bad you can’t see the blatant indoctrination in the questions. That’s what’s really pathetic.

      • Stephen Schroeder

        Re-read the first sentence again. I disagree with the government telling us and what and how to teach.
        I find it funny that parents are confused over these questions and use these as a failure of Common Core instead of complaining about the political failures and how more federal over-reaching is occuring while taking away states’ rights.

  • HanaFiveO

    These are perfect examples of simple association (to remove critical thinking) with a hefty dose indoctrination thrown in.
    A neighbor of mine is a teacher and she hates Common Core with a purple passion. It keeps the kids stupid and she has to reteach her kids everything when they get home. The teachers who complain about CC are basically told to shut up or leave teaching.

  • Mark_Trail

    Frustrating everyone seems to be the standardized goal of Common Core. Typical of Communist Agitators (“Community Organizers”) whose first job is Community Disorganizing. Then the Next Step is the Big Man with All the Answers steps in and says, “We’re going to make sure this never happens again!” “Gosh, thanks! Wait, what? How exactly are you going to do that?” “Details. Just let us handle the details.”

    The key is to resist against this first step (Disorganizing). If you don’t, the momentum gets to be on the side of the ones who are creating the chaos, and it becomes almost inevitable that the result will be a Communist takeover.

  • FGCU_James

    Looking at some of the math problems, I’m thinking of my little niece who will be hitting school soon enough, and I’m wondering how she might react to these problems.

    They’re confusing me, which shouldn’t be happening. So either I’ve gotten instantly dumber over the past five minutes without realizing it, or these problems were written by someone who got dropped on the head.

    I’m guessing it’s the latter, but that’s just me.

  • Mark_Trail

    It’s time for a Children’s Crusade. Take your kids out of school on a certain day, go to the courthouse with your kids and your American flags, have speakers who know what’s going on explain what’s happening and what needs to be done to fix this (or, set up a time and place for people to discuss how to fix this), have moms & dads speak up for their kids, and tell the Big Bro Gov’t that your kids belong to God and their parents, not Karl Marx and the State. Let anyone who wants to talk have their say, so Freedom of Speech is FULLY exercised….like on the Internet.

  • BurkeanMama

    Government officials must be obeyed? So Common Core has repealed the shot heard round the world, and we must bow to our new King. George III gets last laugh.

    • stellatruman

      That was the most disturbing image I saw. This was supposed to be a grammar lesson. If we haven’t got the new Hitler here, I don’t want to know what the next three years will bring

  • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

    .@ColetteMoran O. M. G. What’s up with question #5 and #6? “Government officials commands MUST be obeyed by all? W. T. F.!!!!!!

    • $18912735

      That’s nothing… page two was a map to the local reeducation camp, so you can visit your parents on weekends.

      • SineWaveII

        …but only if they successful in their reeducation, otherwise they aren’t allowed to have visitors.

    • CasualMeyhem

      It’s the whole damn page! And what about Illegal orders – you get hung for FOLLOWING those!

    • Markward

      Sounds familiar- “I was following orders” Some place called Nuremberg, and about something called the Holocaust.

  • Drphloxx

    Who comes up with this shit?

  • CasualMeyhem


  • tedlv

    I am glad my daughter just got her LPN license. I don’t have to figure out wheels within wheels, what looks like might be a fill in the blank, crossword puzzle multiplications, etc. BTW, I have a degree in Engineering with a music minor. Guess I am pretty dumb, not to be able to figure out some of this dreck.

  • tedlv

    Wonder who owns engagny? What are their political affiliations? Anyone?

  • mike

    so that is why my relatives homeschool

  • Janice LEE

    This is meant to be proof that white children are not as brilliant as their parents believe???



  • Amplius Piratae Asino

    Common Core Curriculum [email protected]: It’s a new Amerikkkan Tradition!

  • WhoFarted

    The Three Stooges teach better than this.

  • Barbara E. Ward

    I didn’t understand any of it except the last one of making words with the letter S. Exactly what is all this supposed to be teaching the student?

  • nf sbrrpkk

    Keep posting the common core nonsense and the names of the publishers that developed the “worksheets.” Mass produced workbooks and worksheets are designed to funnel profits to the corporations. Duncan is the chief cheerleader for the Common Core Corporate interests – not for public education or students. Save a copy of every page and/or post images on this website. The “homework” will be needed for documentation in the near future.

  • Sv3

    Seriously? The parent thinks that an annual family picnic is a “habit”? lol. The parent should’ve corrected his/her child on what’s the difference between “custom” and “habit.”

    By definition, a habit is something you do even subconsciously and I highly doubt that you can plan an annual picnic subconsciously.

    It seems that both parents and Common Core has both high and low points. All other comments I can agree on.

    I mean, if you’re going to post something bad about Common Core, make sure it’s a legitimate complaint because it only make the #stopcommoncore movement more like a joke.

  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    Thank God for my wife working from home so my 12yo is homeschooled. may be “public” school, but at least at Iowa Virtual Academy (IA’s program) the school faculty and leadership don’t play this crap.

  • Alabama Mike

    Maybe King Hussein the first should name it “common corpse”.

  • NativePoke

    First of all, let’s understand what Common Core sets out to do. It is to ensure that every fourth grader across the country is learning the same lessons at the same time. That way, if a child has to change schools, there is less of a transitional problem going from one fourth grade classroom to another. If everyone is learning the same thing a child can step from classroom A into classroom B and be right on track without falling behind. That was the basis of Common Core.

    Where we’re getting off track here is an understanding of children’s homework. The work is being taught in the classroom and if taught properly and consistently there should be no problem with the child completing the work at home. It is not the school’s responsibility to teach the parent. Just because you don’t understand how a problem is worded or how to figure out a particular answer doesn’t mean your child doesn’t know how or that the whole system should be scrubbed.

    I looked at every one of the above problems and there was only one that I couldn’t figure out based on reading the instructions. Parents need to take responsibility and learn the concepts being taught. Ask questions. Seek out the teacher. We spend our time complaining about “Chinese flags” and “brass fasteners” when we should be learning how to help our children learn.

    This isn’t political, its our future.

    • georgiadeee

      You are so wrong, it is very political. Indoctrination at a young age. The best way to help our children learn is private school or home schooling. This common core is propagandist garbage.

    • Brianna Aubin

      How are people supposed to experiment and learn to do better, if there’s only one curriculum across the entire country and any teacher who wants to try something new has to clear it with a federal board before they can do it? What sane teacher wants to just become a robot spouting off some federally approved lesson plan, whether s/he actually approves of it or not, just because somebody told her to?

      And that bit about how “government’s commands must be obeyed by all” is sure as hell political.

    • gypsyrose1

      Education shouldn’t be like McDonald’s. What you suggest will create a generation of like thinking, obedient people. That’s exactly what the elite who create these standards want – a bunch of worker bees who have never been trained to have an original thought.

    • Redwine123

      Children are not assembly line products.

    • sean1

      That’s right, NativePoke, education is between the children and the educators. The parents did their job by creating another future tax payer. Now they need to butt out.

    • AntiSoros

      Common curricula is not a challenge and has never been a huge issue as such standards have existed for well over a century. IF you were being honest, you would acknowledge that CC is little more than propaganda poorly hidden in an educational program. Further, for a student to waste blocks of time “conceptualizing” the number 1,2,3, etc as an abstract series of ‘sticks’ is ludicrous…this is not about education but more about confusion, the elimination of parents from the process and ultimately, a more efficient method of indoctrinating of our youth.

  • muzjik

    Re: the word problem about the gymnastics meet. Even the best math programs occasionally add extraneous information to word problems so kids learn to discern which numbers are necessary to solve the question asked and which can be ignored.

    • aegean1

      But the answer could either be 4 or 32. Which is acceptable?

      • Brianna Aubin

        How did you get 4?

        • Ted H.

          Because the question only asks “how many events will be scored”, not “how many overall/total scores” within the 2 hour time allotment (which is irrelevant to the posited question in the first place).

          My gut reaction reading the question is 4 as well, the question is extremely poorly worded if the ‘correct’ answer is 32

          • Brianna Aubin

            Didn’t think of it that way. Good point.

  • Steven DePriest

    Since when did the government start issuing “commands” that everyone must obey? Obamacare?


    Though I am thankful my kids are recently out of public school; I am concerned for young families. The above examples of the garbage from Common Core is foolishness and truly useless. Seems to be an attempted continuation of dumbing down the next generation; all the while indoctrinating them. Don’t let it happen, Mom and Dad! No one comes between a parent and a child. No one!

  • Jennifer Bishop Mason

    I’m so glad this was not being taught while I was in school. I would have just answered “PURPLE” on everything and eventually would have dropped out.

    • aegean1


      “What’s 3 x 4?”



  • Hi This Is My Username

    The one posted by Colette Moran disturbs me the most. I mean, really, what the hell?

    1. A president’s job is not easy.

    (Sounds like they want sympathy for Obama.)

    2. A nation’s people do not always agree.

    (Given the context of this assignment, this appears to be a good opener for lectures on opposing views being dangerous.)

    3. The president’s choices affect everyone.

    (Pure propaganda, as they fail to mention that if you’re his lapdog, you get exempt.)

    4. He makes sure the country’s laws are fair.

    (More propaganda. For one thing, he doesn’t even obey laws, Second, he doesn’t seem to understand there’s a system in place that makes it so he can’t change laws or add new ones all on his own. A great example being how he wanted to magically change his own healthcare law, on his own, after often stating that the law was untouchable by all.)

    5. Government officials’ commands must be obeyed by all.

    (Say what? Last time I checked, we had the constitution to protect us from Government getting greedy and controlling. Hell, if we wanted to, we could tell Government to f*** off and face no consequences. The Government is not a savior or the boss of anyone, no matter which party is in charge. We have the right to disobey and fight against Government tyranny. Their commands are moot.)

    6. An individual’s wants are less important than the nation’s well-being.

    (So in other words, screw the individuals that are struggling, even though they are what makes up this nation. When individuals are not successful, because of ridiculous restrictions and nanny state nonsense, the nation crumbles. A strong nation is made up of individuals who have more freedom and choices to better themselves and their lives. Their lively hoods turn to crap, when Government steps in to take more control and give people what doesn‘t belong to them. People become less self-sufficient and weak.)

    I would love to see the answers for this part: Write a paragraph describing some of the traits of people in your family.

    That sounds like someone is fishing for information, that is none of their business.

  • Diamin

    OMG……my children…….Our children are going to fail!!!

  • Sakemoto

    Whoever came up with this Common Communism crap had to be on Acid.

  • musiciangirl591

    This is why I’m glad that I went to private school, I actually learned useful stuff and not how to take state tests (the school was also Catholic, so we never took the PSSA’s)

  • ocarol500

    We need to go back to McGuffey’s Readers and the Great Books program. Put recess and phys ed back in the schools. And allow peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a fruit, a couple cookies and a carton of milk as lunch.

  • Michael Adams

    Colette Moran, 5th one down.
    Do we live in North Korea now??
    “Government official’s commands must be obeyed by all”????
    How about “Our nation’s laws must be obeyed by all”?

    • Redwine123

      Frightening indoctrination. This is not America.

  • rhodes autry

    some indoctrination goin’ on there

  • Ender Wiggin

    Holy crap!

  • DMcG

    This is total education-wonk BS. Clearly, our kids aren’t going to learn anything significant or useful under this curriculum. Scary to see the poor quality control on the forms, the unclear wording of the questions, the mystifying concepts in Kindergarten and first grade work. These people are either insane or intent on ruining the country.

    • Crystallite

      “These people are either insane or intent on ruining the country.”

      Uh, both.

  • habalady

    Who’s common core is this supposed to be, i wonder!

  • Lawman45

    If I had children, we would home school them. My wife and I have higher IQ and more advanced degrees than all the teachers in the local middle-school.

  • greenman7612

    The more I learn about Common Core, the more unbelievable I find it to be. Are you serious? This is just awful!

  • Chrissy the Hyphenated

    All Hail, Obama Youth! They’ll have their Marxist Political Philosophy down pat, but won’t be able to do simple arithmetic.

  • frozeninbemidji

    There’s not much time left. Imagine the level of teacher this type of learning will breed.


  • kerry cale

    Blatant indoctrination “you must obey government officials” and “the individuals wants are less important than the needs of the nation” that’s communist speak 101.

  • Homunculoid

    Is this propaganda BS for real?

  • Markward

    A president’s job is to make sure laws are fair?


    The president is to enforce the laws, and the SCOTUS is to judge if a law is constitutional. Wrong. Branch.

  • Chundo

    I thought the monster one was very straightforward, and my kids have never been in a classroom that uses Common Core. A hundred chart is a fairly standard visual tool that you can use to teach kids concepts like skip counting and recognizing number patterns. Visualizing a hundred chart also makes mental math easier to do than trying to keep up with all that borrowing and carrying business sans pencil. Vertical moves are by 10s, horizontal moves are 1s. So, on the first problem, you fill in the squares with
    58, 59, 60, 61. Down 3 tens and Across 3 ones. The answer is 33.

    (See also

  • Deepthoughts

    I came to learn a little about Common Core. I came to see if I could possibly find accurate information regarding what it is. What I have found is a lot of opinions, a lot of emotions and a lot of people attacking each other. Language is a pretty powerful thing. It is one of our greatest strengths but also one of greatest weaknesses. As someone looking for accurate information, information where one might make decisions based on reliable and sound sources I thus far have come up with very little other than this is a topic where the vast minority like to shut down meaningful discussion regarding the topic. If questions are asked then labels start to be thrown around and the accusations start flying. That kind of engagement closes the conversation and turns generally interested and concerned people away. We all are entitled to our beliefs and opinions however facts and sources are part of the critical thinking process as well.

    • Kathryn Kozak

      If you want to know what Common Core is, go to This is the site that was put together by the states that came together to create it. One piece of information that people on this page have been saying is that Obama is making this happen. As you will see on the Common Core page, originally 25 states came together to create the Common Core. The federal government was not involved at the start. Also, I have seen comments about whose common core is it. Well the common core was created by educators from K-12 and higher education. If you want to learn about Common Core, I highly suggest going to the Common Core site.

      • AntiSoros

        IF what you describe is completely accurate, then perhaps you can tell us how you / they justify the political rhetoric within the questions. IF the Federal Government / Obama administration is NOT behind this, perhaps you can tell us how 25 governors all reached the same consensus and conclusion.

        FYI, aside from all this nonsense, there was never anything ‘wrong’ with our educational system until “progressives” took control of it. At that time, this country was ahead of everyone else, now, we are sadly near the bottom…WHY?

        • Kathryn Kozak

          How the Common Core was developed is true. The 16 (I had my number slightly wrong) governors directed educators in their states to work together to come up with the standards. The document

          gives a history of the common core. It was launched in 2008 by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers. No where was the federal government in this. It was only after the initiative was well established did the federal government become involved.

          As for the one assignment that is on this page that people are upset about, I have no idea who wrote it. I also don’t know where this material came from. If it is from a textbook, then a textbook author wrote those statements. If it came from some other source, then I would have to see the source to understand who wrote it. Usually material in the classroom is written by an author and published by a publishing company and not by the federal government. Either way, it is only one example. If you showed me every assignment to be that way, then I would have an issue. But these are few and far between.

          As for the assertion that the U.S. was number 1 in the world until the progressives took control of the education system, I suggest the following article. Now you may say that it is from the Washington Post, and so is slanted, but the data is provided in the article. So unless the data is very wrong, the data does speak for itself.

          If you want to know more about the Common Core, I suggest you look the website above that gives the history. You can also download the standards yourself and see what they have to say. The standards are not dictating a liberal bent. The website

          is where you can find out the information on the standards.

          • AntiSoros

            According to the Strauss (David Drew) piece (argument), ‘…we have never been ranked highly in primary and secondary education.’ However, they acknowledge that we have indeed “always been and continue to be” a world leader in higher education.”

            I am left to wonder what mystical occurrence did the
            children experience once leaving their lowly high schools to enter these “world class” universities. Appreciating that
            their primary and secondary education was ‘poor’ and ‘low ranked,’ just how did they manage to get into the worlds finest colleges? Just how did they miraculously achieve this educational bliss that was the envy of the world?

            The authors continue to make MY point: [“Fragmented evidence suggests that American schools demanded much more of their students in the 19th Century and early in the 20th Century. Examine, for example, these historic New York State Regents exams in mathematics. But we have no systematic comparative data about what other countries were requiring in those earlier eras.”]

            Perhaps someone could explain why we cannot compile and analyze ‘fragmented evidence’ with today’s technology…perhaps not.

            No, this is more revisionist history and utter nonsense. Since the ‘60’s, our system of public education has been run by secular progressives and as such, they have succeeded in consistently LOWERING standards under the guise and scourge of political correctness. This single fact addresses assessments in the article quite well …American students “underperformed.” I’m shocked.

            Also, there can be no question that two key and related reasons the US appeared to lag behind other nations is massive immigration (language barriers) and a huge population. Other comparative countries have neither those barriers nor our ever growing population. It is preposterous to attempt any comparison to the USA with over 300M versus a country such as Germany with only
            80M or France and Italy with about 60M or Canada (only 35M) or Sweden with less than 10M people. And before you bother to bring it up, Russia and China are irrelevant because they indoctrinate a very small number of students to the tests and or simply fabricate the results for propaganda reasons. One only need examine their societies and technology to find that answer.

            Money, as most liberals would like us to believe, is NOT the answer and poverty is NOT the problem. Learning is about individual capability and achievement not one’s bank account, address or automobile. However as stated, when the standards are progressively lower, the achievements are directly proportional.

            Nothing could be more simple than teaching 1+1=2 etc; but relegating that simple equation to an abstract and ambiguous number of sticks is ludicrous. I stand by my assessment of Common Core…it is a waste of resources unless excising parental influence and indoctrination are the goals.

          • Kathryn Kozak

            The worksheet you are talking about with the political rhetoric was produced by Pearson Education (I found this out on the Fox News site). Pearson is a large publishing company and is not affiliated with the federal government. There are many groups out there that are creating worksheets for the Common Core. Just do a search on google and you will find many of them. The federal government is not creating the worksheets.

          • Melody Warbington
    • Melody Warbington

      Start here:

      Ms. Ravitch served in both the Clinton & Bush administrations. She’s hardly what anyone would call a “right-wing extremist” yet she has written extensively on why she does not support Common Core.

  • Right

    “Government officials’ commands must be obeyed by all.”
    1984: we have arrived.

  • Kathryn Kozak

    I have looked at the above examples of issues with common core. Some of these, I have no idea what these people have as issues. Some are good questions. As an example, take the gymnastics one. I think the person is confused by being given that the event is 2 hours. However, that information isn’t needed. People need to realize that not all the information in a situation is needed to solve the situation. That is what this problem is trying to show. Also, I am reading some of the comments, and I see a complaint about the Obama’s administration being in charge. Get your facts first. The Common Core was developed by 25 governors coming together and realizing that there needed to be a fix in what students learn in school. So they brought together educators from k-12 and higher education to develop the standards. Now 45 states have signed onto the common core. This was a choice of the governors of the states and not imposed by the federal government. Since then the federal government tied funding for Race to the Top to the common core, but the feds came later into the process. So if you don’t like the common core, then blame your state and not the feds. Also, realize that you may not be able to help your child on their homework because the idea is to teach the students to think. Some of these problems are more about how does the child think and not just the right answer. If you have concerns about what your child is suppose to do for the homework, then you should be asking your child’s teacher. Don’t complain about the homework being incomprehensible if you haven’t dialoged with the teacher. (Also, if you are new to being a parent of a school age child, not understanding what your child is suppose to do on an assignment is something new with common core. I have had trouble understanding some of the assignments before this.) Common Core has a really good chance of helping our nation improve its educational system. Give it a chance. It is only in its second year of implementation.

    • tarandfeatherthecrooks

      Those “governors” signed up because there was a kick back for compliance. The States are supposed to take care of their own respective State, education starts at the parent/child relationship and moves to the community school where the boundaries should be drawn.
      Cultural Literacy by Ed Hirsh is a good read.

      • Kathryn Kozak

        Sixteen states came together in 2008 to start developing the Common Core. Those states included traditionally red states and traditionally blue states. The federal government was not involved. The monetary incentive did not come about until the Race to the Top money was approved by Congress in 2010. So the states are taking care of their state. These standards were developed by them to improve their own state and they chose whether to adopt the final standards. The standards belong to the states. As an example, Texas was part of the original 16 states, but they decided to not adopt the standards (I don’t know why and given that the school board of Texas just voted to not require Algebra II for graduation, I don’t think Texas has higher standards than the Common Core). Minnesota was also part of the original 16 and they chose to only adopt the English language standards. They felt their math standards were higher than the Common Core, so they didn’t adopt those. Arizona has adopted the Common Core, but has renamed it to point out that they are Arizona’s standards. So the states are in control of their education. If you don’t believe me, then read the document at

        • notbent

          Biggest lie of this page – “The federal government was not involved.”!

          • Kathryn Kozak

            Interesting, were you involved in the development of the Common Core? Did you read the history of it? People like to accuse me of being a liberal since I say the federal government wasn’t involved at the start, yet my good friend, who is a libertarian, was involved in the development of the Common Core from the start and he would say the same thing.

          • Melody Warbington

            The “history” of Common Core.

            From 2008 through 2010, the Gates Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided $35 million to a consortium of two non-government trade associations (the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers) to develop a new education system in the United States. They called this the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and published the plan in December 2008.

            In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Stimulus Bill) into law, which designated a $4.35 billion “executive earmark” for the Department of Education. In other words, the Department of Education received the money with no strings attached.

            The Stimulus Bill offered a series of grants and programs including the State and Fiscal Stabilization Fund which was sold as a means to prevent massive layoffs of teachers. Unfortunately, “free” federal money always has strings attached. The Department of Education required states to take steps which paved the way to Common Core implementation.

            The federal Department of Education then used an Executive Earmark to create and fund the Race to the Top (RTTT) program, a federal grant competition that invited the cash-strapped states to compete for the Stimulus money. But, under the Department’s competition scheme, states had to “commit” to adopting common standards (see more details about RTTT grant below.)

            All of these initiatives were tied together under the Title I funding though the Race to the Top (ESEA) Act and tied to expanding the existing state longitudinal database into a P-20 database (Preschool through age 20.) This expansion was necessarily to achieve the data driven “college and career ready” goals of the Common Core.

            Commitment meant:

            Gubernatorial and bureaucratic pledges did not include any consent or review by the people or their elected representatives in the state legislatures. In fact, your state representatives may not even be aware of the Common Core standards!

            The states had to make their commitments within two months after publication of the standards, a time frame far too short for proper review and discussion.

            Most of the state legislatures were not even in session during the “commitment” time period.

            The Governors and bureaucrats of the cash-starved states rolled over for the administration with only Governors Palin of Alaska and Perry of Texas initially refusing to commit.

            Forty-two states made a commitment, but under the federally-imposed definition of “commitment,” not a single state legislature approved of it.

            In April 2011, House Majority Leader, U.S. Rep. John Boehner, included $700 million in a new RTTT earmark for the Department of Education in the budget compromise with President Obama.

            By law, the federal government is not able to directly instruct states to adopt a national set of standards or a national curriculum. This has always been the case. However, like other federally favored programs, the US Department of Education can use its legal powers to make adoption attractive. Here is their official statement of involvement in a Common Core Memorandum of Understanding.

            Federal Role. The parties support a state-led effort and not a federal effort to develop a common core of state standards; there is, however, an appropriate federal role in supporting this state-led effort. In particular, the federal government can provide key financial support for this effort in developing a common core of state standards and in moving toward common assessments, such as through the Race to the Top Fund authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Further, the federal government can incentivize this effort through a range of tiered incentives, such as providing states with greater flexibility in the use of existing federal funds, supporting a revised state accountability structure, and offering financial support for states to effectively implement the standards. Additionally, the federal government can provide additional long-term financial support for the development of common assessments, teacher and principal professional development, other related common core standards supports, and a research agenda that can help continually improve the common core over time. Finally, the federal government can revise and align existing federal education laws with the lessons learned from states’ international benchmarking efforts and from federal research.


          • Melody Warbington

            More on the carrot/stick approach & the fed involvement in Common Core.


        • Melody Warbington

          David Axelrod says otherwise. Common Core is an Obama initiative.

    • robertbyrd

      Many teachers cannot answer many of these questions. We once had a great system in place, leftists and teachers unions killed it. And now the same ideology that killed our once great system is giving us common core.

      • Kathryn Kozak

        If teachers cannot answer these questions, then teachers need training. It isn’t that you scrap the whole process because of that. The downfall of most initiatives is that the teachers are suppose to do it with no new training. Also, the Common Core are the standards. Curriculum and assessments need to be written for these standards. If the assessments are not good, then change the assessments. I have seen many books where I don’t like the problem sets, so I change books. I don’t throw out the curriculum that I am suppose to teach. By the way, I am a college math teacher, and am not directly affected by the Common Core so I am not here to just support it because I use it. I will be affected by it, in terms of what skills and expectations my students will have though.

        • notbent

          Gads, listen to yourself – if teachers cannot answer the questions, then the teachers need training. Really? So the problem is with the kids, their parents, and the teachers?!? You are a great spokesperson for Arnie Duncan. Guess he pays you to troll the blogs and forums standing up for the ludicrous Common Core.

          • Kathryn Kozak

            I have not insulted you, but you have gone out of your way to insult me. If this is how you argue your point, it is a poor way to do that. I am saying that the problem is that legislatures and school boards approve standards over the years, but do not provide the money for training of the teachers. I am also sure that some of the assessments are poor, just as some are good. However, the assessments are not the standards. If the assessments are poor, then you replace the standards. The Common Core has only been in place for a few years. The assessments are evolving. You through out all the hard work of many educators and state officials because you don’t like the assessments. Change the assessments.

    • notbent

      Blah, blah, blah. Ms. Kozak’s admonishment to parents, “You may not be able to help your child on their homework because the idea is to teach the students to think.” Ms. Kozak – How much did you have to twist logic to get that pretzel of an answer?? LOL. These assignments are for ELEMENTARY school kids; not 12th grade Calculus. If multiple parents can’t understand their grade school kids’ assignments – the problem is with the obtuse, nonsensical subject matter.

  • Mark Smith

    Boycott US public schools that use Common Core.

  • AntiSoros

    To my assessment, this is gibberish and children are being “taught” to go a hundred miles out of their way to get around a corner. Also, since I fully understand how “progressives” and communists work, this is all likely designed simply to be so obtuse as to remove parents from the process completely…and we should know why that is correct?

  • Helen

    And when the kid graduates he/she will not be able to get a job even as a file clerk.
    What do you think they will be able to do other than collect welfare if they can spell their name and address…… I doubt they will even know who they are much less where they are.

  • Helen

    And my question is…… Will you vote for a demo-rat again?? Have you found they represent the president and not the People!!! Be very careful how and who you vote for….no one who comes out of nowhere, with no friends, no college records, no nothing but mega, mega LIES. remember Demos do not believe in God so they have no conscience. They can lie, lie, lie. Voters beware!!!

  • W Dawes

    The Marxist revolution continues

  • tarandfeatherthecrooks

    Common Core Tactics are to create tension, chaos and confusion in the classroom while providing opportunities to mock developing youngsters in front of their peers for supposed “stupidity” for not understanding deliberately imposed Insanity in the classroom. Teachers are unable to resist this imposition or they will be labeled, harassed and summarily pressured to leave. Imagine the level of ignorance, docility towards “authority” of the state in just a few short years, while denouncing the Family authority. Compound it with state mandated lunch programs, suspensions for camaraderie, “best friendships”, gun shaped pancakes, simulated shooting with fingers, Throw in some covert sexual perversion propaganda presentations and workshops, unannounced personal information “surveys” to gather data on family values, (tv viewing behaviors, religious outlooks and eating habits). Oh, it doesn’t look good. Now add the “racist white-guilt” anxiety of instigated anti-Colonialism propaganda and the fear of overachieving the “low bar” equality standards of the PC State Schools…what have you got? Sheep. Dangerous Brown Shirted Sheep.

    • AntiSoros

      A superb post.

    • Kathryn Kozak

      Where do you get this? Have you asked any teachers? Have you been in many classrooms and watched this happen? Have you interviewed many students to see if this is what is happening? If yes, please provide your data and your process you went through to collect this data. If not, then you have no basis for saying this.

      • tarandfeatherthecrooks

        Your arrogant condescending outrage is right out of Rules For Radicals… as though I have to explain myself to you. Ha Ha Ha!

        • Kathryn Kozak

          No you don’t have to explain yourself to me, but without data your arguments are useless. I am a statistician and believe that you should have data to make statements like you did. If you don’t, then you are making it all up and so you are trying to sway people by basically lying.

  • Nathan Rodgers

    It seems to me by that english assignment that the government is trying to brainwash and dumn down or children into full submission

  • William Carroll

    I felt my IQ drop just trying to understand these questions. Its like ADD on paper.

  • Dylan

    Lol most of these I don’t see a problem with. I’m afraid you may only be limited by user creativity;
    The first one you are supposed to learn to write your numbers and identify groups of that numbers size. Ie, copy 1 1 1 1 like those poor handwriting worksheets always wanted you to do, and then bubble in the dot below the 1 dark circle.
    The second assignment is teaching an introduction to algebraic topics, by applying the distributive property and analyzing using a geometric method.
    The third example is a malfeasance of language, there is no absolute right answer in english (go math!).
    The fourth wants you to rearrange the sentences (and potentially apply brainwash) to use possessive nouns and apostrophes.
    The fifth looks like a grading mistake, although slight its technically only half wrong, you wont be able to fit those leftovers in the cup.
    The sixth is limited by user creativity, you could put a pencil through the center if you wanted to.
    The seventh is a little less then explanatory, however you can at least guess, ie the first box would be the blank you are supposed to find for your first number, the second box may be the most recently filled in box plus a blank and so on.
    The eighth example is a perfect example of a test question in which extra information is provided and you need to determine what is relevant. IE, in real life when you have alot of data you need to know which data you need. As a side note, I should hope that 8 competetitors each competing in 4 events would result in 32 scored events…
    The final example, I don’t see your point, although it proves somewhat humorous.

    Other than that, No Child Left Behind is another slightly more interesting topic, most likely generating somewhat of a concept for common core, at least attempting to keep each states pace matched.
    Do we want to raise a small number of exceptional children, or do we want to raise every child as much as their weight will let us carry them?
    Think about the repercussions of each.

  • Basset_Hound

    It seems to me, that the educrats should study the curriculum in top flight Indian schools and Japanese schools and implement THEIR policies. After all, these are the students that are cleaning our clocks in math and science. Another thing they might consider is (gasp…horrors)…VOUCHERS. Then the best schools will have the most students.

  • oconnellc

    Judging by the comments of the parents, I’m not surprised that they cannot understand the homework. And I see they are bringing out the old saw of the Pearson worksheet created in 2007, a few years before Common Core existed.

    You know, if people have a problem with Common Core, they should say what it is. My guess is that most people don’t have any idea what it is and couldn’t tell you the difference between a standard and a curriculum or tell you who generally creates each.

    I mean, isn’t anyone embarrassed for the parent who thinks that all flags should be an ‘us one’?

  • Defend Liberty Philly Dude

    Well, if Chris Dorner, Lakim Faust, Ed Schultz, Troy Gilmore Jr., John Muhammed, Hussein Obama, Lee Boyd Malvo, Demetrius Glenn, Allan Brauer, John Van Allen, and Aaron Alexis are any indication, it’s pretty obvious that today’s liberals are becoming increasingly unhinged, violent, and aggressive.

  • Sarah Newsome

    These are assignments, not Common Core. They are “aligned with common core” based on what the creator of the assignment wanted to align them with. Some of these are teacher-made files and some are publishing companies’ takes on alignment, too. These parents don’t have a problem with Common Core standards- they have a problem with teachers who don’t communicate their expectations with parents very well and teachers who depend too heavily on a district-bought-and-paid-for curriculum.

  • Stephanie Warren