Little Zachary was doing poorly in math. His parents, after exhausting all other incentives, finally decided to enroll him in the local Catholic School. After the first day, Little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face. He went straight to his room and started studying. This continued for some time. His mother was baffled as to why he had become so dedicated.
Finally, Little Zachary brought home his report card. He quietly laid it on the table and went to his room to study. With great trepidation, his mother looked at it and, to her surprise, Little Zachary got an "A" in math. She asked, "Son, what was it? Was it the nuns, the books, the discipline, the uniforms?"
Little Zachary said, "No!"
"What was it?" she asked.
Little Zachary looked at her and said, "Well, on the first day of school, when I saw that guy nailed to the Plus Sign, I knew they weren't fooling around."
I have written about Common Core from a mathematics education perspective. Hence, it's very intriguing to listen to what Mrs. Lily Tang Williams has to say about Common Core from a political perspective.
As funny as this image from a Facebook post is, the comments were even more hilarious! Here are just a few of them:
I guess i'm moving to Kentucky then...
is it really if so i would so move there
Math is a gateway drug. It leads to Science and Critical Thinking.
Well, if it is common core math...I don't blame them!
This story doesn't add up
They need to get this under control before it escalates and the problem multiplies!
I just finished doing some math. Should I turn myself in?
This is your brain on MATH..... ANY QUESTIONS?????
Somehow it just doesn't ADD UP
I hate those lawless common denominators!
They went on to bust a spelling bee!
Must have been a common core math lab.......
Comments such as the above, are why I tell my MathQED team not to take it personally that we are having an uphill struggle getting kids excited about math and math applications in their everyday lives. As funny as these comments are, they illustrate the deep-seated disgust and fear of mathematics in the U.S.
However, on a brighter note, we are in discussions with a few foundations, and techies from Silicon Valley who know there is a serious math problem in this country and want to join forces to do something about it before it's too late!
Parents are venting their outrage at the Common Core school standards over a math quiz that was posted online, showing how teachers are marking students down even for correct answers.
The quiz, posted to Reddit, shows how a teacher marked two questions as incorrect on a third-grader's math quiz, despite the student finding the solution to the problem.
Apparently, the reason for the deduction had to do with the petty fact of exactly how the student found the answer.
I ran into a young mother this weekend who is literally pulling her hair out over the U.S. Common Core math standards. To help me better understand her dilemma, she suggested I take a look at the video clip above. It illustrates how Common Core "addition" is currently taught in 46 states.
We're very happy to learn that hundreds of news outlets picked up our story about MathQED: Reuters, Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch, Platts,.... This media attention is very much appreciated and needed to combat innumeracy - the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy!
John Urschel, an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, recently co-authored a paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. It is titled "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians".
Please learn more about Mr. Urschel in Bloomberg.