Common Core Math: 9+6 Takes 56 Seconds To Solve

A news station in Buffalo has been providing parents with helpful videos that show how to solve math problems using Common Core. Instead, it’s inadvertently providing comedic material, as teachers show viewers how problems that used to take seconds to solve, are now taking minutes.

As Young Conservatives points out:

These videos are meant to be helpful tools for parents who are confused by their children’s Common Core homework this year. Naturally, no one understands Common Core principles, not even the children’s parents.

The reporter begins by saying, “When you and I were in school, we used to just memorize 9 plus 6 equals 15.”

“Not anymore,” she explains.  “With the Common Core, students need to understand why that’s the case.”

And with that, a local teacher provides a helpful step-by-step explanation of how to solve a basic addition problem – 9+6.


That was a first grade addition problem.

Now watch second grade addition, where it takes over two minutes to add 13 and 29.

Common Core is geared to improve learning and in-depth understanding of math problems. But how helpful is it when neither student nor parent can understand what is being asked, and problems that normally take brief seconds now take minutes?

Rusty Weiss has been covering politics for over 15 years. His writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, Fox... More about Rusty Weiss

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