The audio quality if far less than perfect, but the message is crystal clear:
Arkansas Mother Obliterates Common Core in 4 Minutes!
If you’re pressed for time, go to the 1:50 mark, where the parent goes through a Common Core problem, gets the two-step answer to the “What did they count by?” problem from Board of Education members (90 divided by 18 = 5), and then shows them how Common Core demands that fourth-graders solve it:
If they solve it in those two steps, they get it marked wrong.
They are expected to draw 18 circles with 90 hash marks solving this problem in exactly 108 steps.
The mother claims that Common Core’s “rigorous standards” include “skipping rote memorization of multiplication tables,” which is “hindering their ability to master long division and fractions later on in the semester.”
I’d like a confirmation of that deliberate avoidance of multiplication tables from someone who knows. (Update: Confirmed in a conversation this morning.)
This is indisputably a recipe, as the parent stated, for “dumbing our children down.”
I’ll leave it to readers to determine developers’ motivations.
Suggestion: Find out where politicians on the ballot stand on Common Core. If they’re for it, it’s hard to imagine why you would choose to support them in upcoming primaries and general elections.