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?