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.