Can You Do Kindergarten Math?

I used to be pretty good at math. I was in the advanced algebra courses in high school. But now math has gotten much more difficult.

I can't figure out this simple kindergarten math problem. Can you?


I only showed one finger. Guess which.

(Hat Tip: Twitchy)

Posted by: DMartyr at 10:39 AM


1 WTF is that even asking?!?

Posted by: MtTB at March 27, 2014 10:46 AM

2 One might think that after all these years of experimentation with math education, that educators might actually find something that makes sense to everyone.

The fact that they haven't tells me that they're more about the "education" part, not the math part. The kids are no dummies. They know this has nothing to do with math and that it is useless in real life.

And then we'll wonder why test scores in mathematics keep dropping.

Posted by: Gork at March 27, 2014 11:17 AM

3 Gork: Companies like MacDonalds are already having to send clerks to private remedial math classes to enable clerks to make change.

Anything other than flash cards and other drills to promote memorization of addition and multiplication tables is a waste of time. Those two tables MUST be memorized, and then long arithmetic skills must be taught afterwards.

Anything else is fail.

Posted by: Kristophr at March 27, 2014 11:37 AM

4 I had no idea what number bonds were until I looked it up. They are a visual way to teach addition and subtraction to kids as young as kindergarten and have been around since the 1920s. They are an addition/subtraction version of the concept of divisors in multiplication/division.
The first country to adopt them was Singapore (ranked 2nd in student math scores after Shanghai). I have issues with what the Federal Government has done to Common Core, but I'm not so sure this is an example worth getting excited about.

Posted by: Michael E. Stora, Ph.D. at March 27, 2014 01:13 PM

5 cube stick. row of cubes?

number bond. is that the chemistry looking thingy?

show the hidden partners on your fingers...wha?

natural numbers. integers. rational and irrational numbers. real does teaching something like cube stick facilitate the understanding of real numbers?

It does completely remove parental participation, though.


Posted by: OregonGuy at March 27, 2014 02:33 PM

6 Remember when kids used to ask, what use is learning all this maths going to be to me when I leave school? Well know you can see, it clearly makes you some sort of colouring in genius that asks, "would you like to supersize that?" and then helps your kids colour in their place mat.

Posted by: The Realist of Qld at March 27, 2014 04:19 PM

7 Just a question for you stateside guys. What year level is this? Is the K4 indicative of something? Because whoever this belongs too cannot even write their name properly and may not even be able to read the questions let alone answer them.

Posted by: The Realist of Qld at March 27, 2014 04:22 PM

8 Ok!! I figured it out.

The 3 empty circles reference the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. Just like they are displayed here, they and also empty or devoid of any meaning in real life as well.

The 5 box thingy is referring to the old color coded Homeland Security Alert System. I also think that young Jaiden was also in charge of that system when Tom Ridge rolled out that work of genious.

The images of hands (one missing a finger) is a two parter.
1. The missing finger is a study aide to reassure you that chopping your finger off while doing this exercise is not only acceptable but understood.
2. That hands (white) are a direct reference to the white mans discriminatory ways to all others that are not of Anglo-Saxon bloodlines.

Seriously, what the holy fuck kind of shit is this???? If my kid (I don't have any) brought this home, I'd punch his teacher in the face.

Posted by: President Rome at March 27, 2014 04:48 PM

9 I have been seeing a lot of these things all week,
and it really points to the fact that we should
never allow liberals anywhere near the education

Posted by: Leonard Jones at March 27, 2014 05:02 PM

10 Cubes? Or Squares?
Since the squares are not joined then how could they be a 'cube stick' (or even a 'square stick')? They seem to be rectangles rather than squares, but it may be too cumbersome to call them that. Maybe they're called cubes since it makes more sense when you combine the concept of a pair of three dimensional items: 'cube' and 'stick', instead of a two dimensional and a three dimensional item: 'square' and 'stick'.

The top lesson is for errant junior members of the Yakuza. The bottom is for non-Japanese.

Posted by: Bill #2 at March 27, 2014 05:26 PM

11 I believe the answer is...
New baby buggy

Posted by: Jrr at March 27, 2014 05:28 PM

12 Maybe... one of Jaiden's mommies drive Prius over big bump in road while he writing name on paper?

Posted by: KIM at March 27, 2014 05:40 PM

13 Can I get an interpreter with that?

Posted by: Kafiroon at March 27, 2014 06:56 PM

14 1 + 1 = Potato

I are a jeenyuss !


Posted by: Kenny Solomon at March 27, 2014 07:45 PM

15 Find a twenty dollar bill. Count the corners and hold up that many fingers. Bring this homework to class and put it in the box on your teacher's desk. Good job!

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at March 27, 2014 08:40 PM

16 help! i tried it and I think I've summoned a creature from another realm!

Posted by: Jedi Master Ivyan at March 27, 2014 10:18 PM

17 Some more hilarious and yet frustrating examples are here:

Posted by: Respecter at March 27, 2014 10:52 PM

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at March 27, 2014 08:40 PM

help! i tried it and I think I've summoned a creature from another realm!

Send Nancy Pelosi back to the dark side now!

Posted by: LKP at March 28, 2014 12:55 AM

19 Is this a real assignment sheet?

The numbers stuff is first grade (at least in my era of public education), but the instruction reading part would be several grades later than that.

I never heard that terminology (had to be stuff verbalized in class for th students to knwo WTF its talkng about).

"Hidden Partners"?? WTF commie math is that?

Show them to the adult (paper assignments were to be all on paper - this part is wierd too)
Is this some kind of parent helps child at home assignment????

If its this bad for basic numbers, no wonder the kids later cant understand a thing like Civics which has complex ideas and understandings attached to it.

Coming from a family of educators this is not just sad, but sick ---- and the people responsible NEED to be punished thoroughly for perpetrating this crap.

Posted by: xinotrope at March 28, 2014 01:32 AM

20 Math will not be needed in the camps, comrades.

Posted by: Erowmero at March 28, 2014 09:38 AM

21 I found a good glossary of Common Core math terms yesterday, but I can't find it again.

Basically, after reading through the glossary, the whole thing kinda makes sense. It is trying to teach kids how to break down math problems into easier problems. It's teaching them how to think instead of letting kids figure it out on their own. That said, boy this is a very complicated way of doing that.

Posted by: Squidboy at March 28, 2014 09:47 AM

22 This is part of why my children are home schooled.

Posted by: Frak at March 28, 2014 10:44 AM

23 Destroy all Capitalist conventions and replace them with the new Communist Norm. Simple Communism 101 Comrades. Children are eagerly seen as easy prey to rapacious Communist bastards like Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: nadadhimmi at March 28, 2014 10:49 AM

24 Mathematics as taught by a linguist.

Posted by: Pat at March 29, 2014 06:46 PM

25 Albert Fucking Einstein or Isaac Newton could not do common core kindergarten math!

Posted by: Leonard Jones at March 30, 2014 08:54 PM

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