Tuesday, August 20, 2013

3x4=11

I used to think homeschoolers were weirdos. But now I find myself more and more convinced that trusting big brother to educate your child is foolish negligence that borders on child abuse. The new Common Core curriculum takes a rather relaxed view of math.

Even if they said, ’3 x 4 was 11,’ if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer really in, umm, words and oral explanation, and they showed it in the picture but they just got the final number wrong, we’re really more focused on the how,

 OK, let's be fair for a second. I had an Algebra teacher in high school who would often give partial credit if you showed your work and he saw you basically got the idea of how to do it, but had made a little arithmetic mistake along the way. But that was partial credit, he didn't consider the fact that you could explain your reasoning more important than getting it right. And that was algebra not basic multiplication. And that didn't apply to your final.

And let's remember that we're not talking about a philosophy class here. We're talking about basic damn math. It doesn't get anymore clear or black and white than basic math. 3x4 is 12. It's not 11, it's not 13, it's not 11.9 and it's not 12.1. It's 12. There is one right answer and an infinite number of wrong answers. Period.

At this point if you have a kid, you're better off letting them stay home to play video games and watch TV all day than go to a public school. They won't learn anything either way, but at least with the video games they'll have fun.

3 comments:

  1. You REALLY cannot blame the public education system for all that. It's REALLY the fault of the lawsuit-happy parents and the judges who found in favor of them instead of the schools who FLUNKED the poor-performing students.

    Parents don't have to home-school their kids, they just have to WATCH over them. Too many refuse to do that until it's too late.

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  2. Yeah sure, that was the main reason public schools have degenerated. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the teacher's unions ability to squash accountability, or the fact that government schools have an almost total monopoly (btw, why do liberals hate monopolies, but are fine with government monopolies, the most extreme form of monopolies?)

    Even if you're right as to the cause Gernot, the fact remains that public schools have degenerated to the point of now apparently being unwilling or unable to teach even basic math. Sending a kid to such a school is nothing more than a waste of that poor child's time.

    The only responsible thing for a parent to do at this point is to homeschool, or if you can afford it, go with a private school.

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  3. Big face palm. Too many thoughts to sum up but I can say for sure that I'll either be working my tail off to send my child to private school or I will be homeschooling.

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