Obama’s new Common Core condones creative math answers: 3 X 4 = 11

Fuzzy mathIt’s a program that those with math phobias are sure to love. Welcome to Common Core, the Obama administration’s new curriculum for public schools, where even wrong answers are acceptable.

We’ve all been taught that 2+1=3, but under Common Core the answer could be 4, or  pretty much any number you want to offer – as long as you can explain how you calculated the problem, according to a video posted by The Daily Caller.

In the video, a curriculum coordinator in the suburban Chicago community of Grayslake explains that right answers don’t really count in 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 focusing on the how,” the coordinator, Amanda August, says in the video.

Someone in the audience asks if teachers will correct students who don’t know basic math, and August replies, but doesn’t really answer the question.

“We want our students to compute correctly but the emphasis is really moving more towards the explanation, and the how, and the why, and ‘can I really talk through the procedures that I went through to get this answer,’” August says. “And not just knowing that it’s 12, but why is it 12? How do I know that?”

Watch the unbelievable video via Daily Caller here:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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39 thoughts on “Obama’s new Common Core condones creative math answers: 3 X 4 = 11

  1. silentnomore says:

    Wake up parents…as Obama & cronies are now zeroing in on your kids with their indoctrination/transformation of America…..history books are being rewritten along a more socialistic point of view….

  2. smokem says:

    Common Core = Dumming Down.

  3. Robert Bruce says:

    This is deja vu all over again, as they say. This was tried decades ago. Didn’t work then and won’t work now. Need a laugh on this type of mathematics, go to youtube and check out “The New Math” by Tom Lehrer, a song from many, many years ago when this theory of teaching first reared its ugly head. Poor kids suffer at the hands of theorists.

  4. Outre Fulsome says:

    Why is helping students learn CORRECTLY being made so difficult?

    Multiplication can be demonstrated EASILY.

    3 rows of apples with four apples in each row.

    Count the total number of apples = 12

    The student can see HOW and WHY in one simple demonstration.

    Why alleged “educators” want everyone to do all sorts of reasoning in their heads based only on text is beyond me.

    Sounds like they are way too lazy to actually THINK.

    You can’t teach math without engaging the student in the actual materials they will be measuring or quantifying.

    Stop being lazy and show how to get the area of a classroom, that the desk is a plane, a baseball a sphere and a soup can a cylinder.

    Show WHY sets are used – # of crates(# of apples) + # of crates(# of oranges) = total #fruit ordered – instead of just expecting them to memorize it.

    It’s so easy for adults that one can ONLY guess that they are that lazy – and screwing up the children as a result.

    Making learning tortuous seems to be the method that the BoE and teacher’s unions are using to earn a higher paycheck. They seem to be trying to make education a science – when it is not.

    Being a good educator with students who know what they’re doing because the TEACHER keeps it simple and direct is the ONLY way they should be gauged.

    Making stupider people should be the way that we disband the BoE, fire all of the teachers, remove any “unions” and hire only teachers that can DEMONSTRATE excellence in teaching METHODOLOGY.

  5. LoginIncorrect says:

    3 X 4 does equal 11 in base 11. What’s so hard about that?
    Being able to work in bases other than 10 is a critical math skill for anyone headed for a degree in hard science or engineering.
    For anyone who doesn’t get that, learn how to say, “Would you like fries with that?” For extra credit, learn how to say this in Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Khmer, Urdu, Arabic, Russian, …

  6. CarlaJD says:

    I read the “Dumbing Down of America” years ago & became very afraid of what would be facing us. At the time, I tried to discuss the book with family members & friends but they were too busy protesting Viet Nam & burning their bras. Now look what is in store for their Grandchildren. Future generation of idiots ruling USA politics & business community .. Glad I am 66 & will be eating tapioca in a sunroom soon without a care… oh, maybe Obamas Death Panel will take me out sooner

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