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Watch Louis C.K.’s Hilarious Takedown of Common Core on Letterman


Comedian Louis C.K. has been on a hilarious campaign against a serious topic: Common Core and rigid standardized testing of students by the Federal Government.

On Thursday, he appeared on The Tonight Show with David Letterman, and put a funny spin on his parental frustrations, noting that in New York, “if a school’s kids don’t test well, they burn the school down. It’s pretty high pressure, ” he joked.

C.K. lamented that no one really knows who is writing standardized tests specifically, which is the same problem a lot of parents and teachers have with Common Core in general. Meanwhile, students must spend a considerable amount of time preparing for the tests. Students are learning to answer the test questions, instead of a more customized approach to a rigorous education, based on each student’s abilities.

“They decided there is a new way kids should think, and we are going to prove they are thinking it by having them pass these tests — or we burn the school down,” he added.

C.K. said he’s there for his daughters (who are 9 and 12 years old) when they do their homework and grow frustrated, but lately his advice doesn’t work as well. That’s mostly because not even he can answer some of the bizarre questions.

He offered one made up example to highlight the absurdity of some of the Common Core-aligned homework: “Bill has three goldfish. He buys two more. How many dogs live in London?”

As CBS’s David Letterman shot back, “You better notify the fire department!”

Maybe this will encourage Louis C.K. to re-think why he voted for President Barack Obama, who supports Common Core.