Hundreds of high school students in the greater-Seattle area are protesting a new Common Core-aligned standardized test, prompting one local reporter to ask college students to complete math questions from the controversial education standard.
Speaking with several engineering and finance students, Kiro 7 reporter Natasha Chen explained how a simple math problem such as 175 minus 79 is no longer solved using tried-and-true methods.
“Now can I show you how they’re teaching the kids now with Common Core?” Chen asked before explaining the new convoluted method.
After examining the mandatory use of arrows, dots, crosses and columns, the college students were less than impressed.
“I don’t believe that in engineering classes there is time to do this…” one student argued.
According to Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hapogain, the opposition against Common Core continues to gain momentum with parents, students and teachers alike.
“There’s actually a growing movement – in fact, probably the largest in Seattle’s history,” said Hagopian.
In a similar story last September, a Common Core math teacher attempted to explain to reporters in New York how to properly add the numbers 9 and 6, taking nearly 60 seconds to complete the problem.
“Our young learners might not be alltogether comfortable thinking about what 9 + 6 is, [but] they are comfortable thinking about their friend 10,” the teacher bizarrely explained. “Ten is emphasized in our young grades as we’re working in a base 10 system.”
One of Common Core’s more absurd explanations came in early 2013 when a math teacher argued that wrong answers would be correct if students explained how they came to their conclusion.
“But even under the new Common Core, 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… We’re more focused on the how and the why,” the teacher said.
In response to the national outcry, more than 20 states have either rejected or downgraded their participation in the federal standards.