‘I agree with my brain’

This second grader’s revenge against Common Core math will make your day

To explain how he solved a simple addition problem, a San Jose second grader wrote: “I got the answer by talking in my brain and I agreed of the answer that my brain got.”

This is being billed as “revenge” against “stupid” Common Core math problems. I’d call it a response to being asked to explain the obvious.

Explaining answers isn’t new. My daughter had to explain why she thought her correct answers were correct in seventh grade, which was — gulp — 20 years ago. She wanted to write, “I called up my friends who are good in math and they all got the same answer” or “I asked my father, who majored in math at Stanford.” But she knew enough to make up a lie.

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  1. Roger Sweeny says:

    “But she knew enough to make up a lie.”

    Some people say school is preparation for life.

  2. Well, is school suppose to teach kids how to use knowledge or how to play the system set up by people who obtain positions of coercion over them? The former creates good citizens and free people, the latter good Comrades or more precisely, cube cattle.

  3. Widebody says:

    School has always been about conformity, whether it’s conformity to Common Core standards in a public school, Christian doctrines in a Christian school, the parents’ values and beliefs in a home-schooling situation, etc. Students have always been rewarded for conforming and being “good Comrades” just as they’ve always been singled-out and often penalized for being individuals.

  4. Florida resident says:

    Bless your remarkable family,
    dear Ms. Jacobs !

  5. Yes, it’s the response of someone who is proficient, but not advanced. Unfortunately this child’s time will be wasted in yet more practice designed to get his nonproficient classmates to proficiency, rather than moving him from proficient to advanced. Thanks, full inclusion advocates. You sure know how to waste a lot of student time and taxpayer dollars.