Parents are scratching their heads and expressing outrage at the Common Core school standards over a math quiz posted on Reddit, showing how teachers are marking students as incorrect, even for correct answers. Apparently, the reason for the point deduction had to do with how the student solved the equation.

The first question asks the student to use repeated addition to solve the question 5×3. The student answers 5+5+5=15, but is marked incorrect. Instead, the teacher writes that the correct answer should have been 3+3+3+3+3=15.

In the second question, students are asked draw an array to solve 4×6. The student draws six rows of four and is again marked wrong, with the teacher drawing four rows of six as the correct answer.

These questions were marked wrong because children today are taught to read a question like 4×6 as four groups of six – not six groups of four. However, when it comes to single multiplication problems, it doesn’t matter which way the problem is read.

Since the picture was posted on Reddit, many have been using the quiz to criticize the Common Core’s unconventional teaching standards.

Business Insider reports that defenders of Common Core say the grading is important because reading questions and being able to understand them in this particular way will help students better understand multi-variable calculus – a class that’s at least nine years away for third-graders still learning to count in their head instead of on their fingers.

However, AOL points out that the incorrect answer is not just a Common Core issue.
While Common Core sets curriculum goals and standards for each grade, it is up to individual states, districts and teachers to come up with their own lesson plans to meet those standards.

Still, this isn’t the first time that the Common Core has been criticized for its new-age approaches to learning.

What would you say if your child came home with this quiz?

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  • ElephantInTheRoom

    Yup. I don’t have kids yet, but I can already see this new math might be an issue. Betta have a mathematically-inclined daddy… I’ll help with the English! :)

    • vintage3000

      Same here-I am a math refugee but I can guarantee an A+ in English lit and grammar but math, forget it.

    • LOL. You’re keeping it all way 100 like usual.

    • Me

      I’ve been a math nerd all my life and common core is way too rigid IMO. To say that from a math perspective says a lot about this new system considering math is one of the most finite subjects with a very limited number of “right” answers in most cases.

    • One thing that I do love about math is about its certainly in many cases. There is either a specific right answer or a limited amount of possibilities for answers (even equations that deal with infinity deals with a coherent formula that people can use). I love literature too.

    • Me

      We think alike because that’s what I love about math too. I like solutions more than ideas.

    • Indeed Sister. Math makes sense. It deals with fractals, Nature, the Universe, and atoms. In mathematics, the solutions are there and there are formulas. From phi, quadratic equations to the beautiful images of geometry (geometry is very easy to understand. It’s fun too). Also, I like political science, geography, sociology, and history.

  • Mico

    This is absolutely wrong and ridiculous smh. I fear that they are trying to turn our children into robots, and stifle any creativity that they have. First, like others have said according to the communicative prop., 5×3=3×5. This is very important when learning higher levels of mathematics and to teach kids otherwise simply will confuse them when they do actually need to learn about that property. It sounds like whoever made up common core does not know math(or any other subject), let alone how to teach it to children so they can ease into higher levels. Secondly, everyone has different learning styles. Even outside of mathematics, punishing students for not arriving at an answer the same way a book or the instructor does, affects their creativity, grades, self-esteem, and their overall development in negative ways. Especially as children, it is important to discover what your learning style is. This helps you to study more effectively, retain information better, and when in classroom or even business settings helps you to stay actively engaged and productive. If american education was as it should be, this would also help instructors to teach to your level/needs and provide you with the resources and assignments necessary for more effective learning.

  • Lakawak

    IT does NOT help students who are gifted at math at a young age to confuse them with BS. There is NOTHING about the multiplication process that inherently says that 5×3 means “five groups of three.” That is an ARBITRARY definition by the Common Core idiots and does NOT come up in calculus or any advanced math at all.