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‘Common Core’ Makes Me Feel Like an Idiot


This math is for a 6-year-old. I feel like I need to be a rocket scientist to understand it.

Welcome to Common Core. It’s a new standard of teaching that was adopted in Maine in 2011. A friend of mine Brett put this picture up on Facebook saying,

If I tried for a hundred years, I couldn’t make simple math as complicated as common core has managed to make it for my 6-year-old.


Here’s what Common Core is in a nutshell:

The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core.


Seems like a good idea. But if you are helping your kid with their homework, good friggin’ luck!

Boxes, triangles, lines..the lines and lines! Make me feel better and tell me you too think sometimes, ‘What the hell is that?

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