What-the-fuck, I’m trying to do third grade math with the grandboy. Multiplication, simple shit. 5×7, “Thirty five, boy, let me write out the times table for you”

“What’s a times table?“

Then he proceeds to do some complex calculation that involved 42…

“What the fuck does 42 have to do with it?”

“Don’t swear Pa!”

“There is no 42 in 5×7! It’s 35!”

Six verticals dots, some kind of elongated horizontal thing, equals something…

“I don’t know, man. Put a 5 in the box and tell your principal to call me with any questions….”

I need a 21st century educator to explain the positive benefit of common core math to me. Take your time, I’ll wait.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking the teachers, their job is already impossibly hard. I feel sorry for them they are forced to teach this horseshit. I can do pretty complex math in my head, I can’t do third grade math at the dining room table.

The ONE thing the boy does know about math is that my phone has a calculator.

Again, what the fuck?

Mark Baskerville says

My kids were on the cusp of the whole “vertical dots…some kind of elongated horizontal thing…” method. Glad that some of my math skills were able to help. Nowadays I’d have to go to school with them to unlearn the old math!

Christen Mayo says

This article hit home for me. That was my exact reaction to line graphing and number groupings, with THREE kids in school. What the actual shit does that do to help children understand something as fundamental as counting and multiplication tables?! What I am seeing too, is that Core Curriculum really only destroyed math at the Elementary level. Anna’s middle school algebra is as elegantly simple as I remember it. I got excited when I thought she was beginning to factor quadratic equations and started ranting about FOIL. I was about to burst with excitement for the opportunity to display my mathematical prowess, but she assured me that they don’t do it like that anymore. So…yeah, I guess they ruined all math.