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See why this frustrated father wrote a check using common core math to his kid’s school

By Apurwa Anand, 4 March 2017

Common core math has been adopted and implemented in 46 states of the United States in order to improve the mathematics achievements all around the country. The standards for teaching common core math were introduced in 2010. People promoting the implementation feel that common core math not only helps children in improving their problem-solving skills but also makes them efficient for working in mathematics related fields such as research, aeronautics, banking engineering and so on. However, many children and parents have found common core math too perplexing.

Here is an interesting story of a father who wrote a hilarious common core check to his kid’s school to show his frustration over curriculum which was being taught to his son.

1The frustrated father

Doug Herrmann from Ohio wrote a check to his kid’s elementary school using common core math. He was very frustrated that he could help his second-grade son in solving his school homework. Even though the questions were very simple, the curriculum his son was using did not look familiar to him as what he had learnt in his time got all replaced by the new curriculum. He wanted to convey it the school that if they were using common core math, then they should keep it to the school, and not send kids back with homework to solve those problems. On his facebook page, he said that the school authorities should give homework pertaining to reading, writing, science, gym( which is his forte), but not math, as he was not able to help his kid.

Doug Herrmann from Ohio

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2What he did to show his frustration?

In order to show his frustration over his kid’s common core math curriculum, Doug used a unique approach. He wrote a donation check to the Melridge Elementary School using common core math and asked them to figure the amount themselves. In place of the dollar amount, he utilized cryptic series of “O’s” and “X’s” accompanied by eight boxes with more “O’s” to indicate the exact amount of the check. Though, he did not put the check in for transfer and basically just posted it on Facebook. This definitely gave him viral fame, as since his posting of the check, it has been shared more than 27,000 times.

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3The root cause of the problem

Common core math was introduced recently in the United States to improve the mathematics achievement throughout the country. These mathematics standards were designed to build high-quality math standards all across the country and make the students come at par with global standards. But, the critics of the system maintain that the curriculum is quite tough, adults are also unable to understand it, leave alone kids for whom it is way higher than their understanding capacity. Also, the parents find it extremely difficult because they were not taught math through these methods, and no parent wants to fail in the eyes of his/her kids.

Common core math

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