ObamaMath is coming!
Remember in the 1960’s when the pointy-headed nitwits tried “New Math” on kids? I sure do. It was a total failure so… hey! Let’s try it again!
Obama math: under new Common Core, 3 x 4 = 11
Quick: what’s 3 x 4?
If you said 11 — or, hell, if you said 7, pi, or infinity squared — that’s just fine under the Common Core, the new national curriculum that the Obama administration will impose on American public school students this fall.
In a pretty amazing YouTube video [below], Amanda August, a curriculum coordinator in a suburb of Chicago called Grayslake, explains that getting the right answer in math just doesn’t matter as long as kids can explain the necessarily faulty reasoning they used to get to that wrong answer. [This was the New Math notion tried in the ’60’s. I was actually punished once for using “long division” (which my grandmother taught me) … even though I was the only one in class to get the right answer.]
“Even if they said, ’3 x 4 was 11,’ if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer really in, umm, words and oral explanation, and they showed it in the picture but they just got the final number wrong, we’re really more focused on the how,” August says in the video.
When someone in the audience (presumably a parent, but it’s not certain) asks if teachers will be, you know, correcting students who don’t know rudimentary arithmetic instantly, August makes another meandering, longwinded statement.
“We want our students to compute correctly but the emphasis is really moving more towards the explanation, and the how, and the why, and ‘can I really talk through the procedures that I went through to get this answer,’” August details. “And not just knowing that it’s 12, but why is it 12? How do I know that?”
For more about Common Core infecting Catholic schools, check this out. HERE
Dave Herman wanted to enroll his daughters in a Catholic elementary school so they could learn in an intimate, traditional setting, where parents had as much input as possible.
He found that at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Roseto, where his daughters learned about faith and morality as well as math and English. The girls loved the school, and Herman considered the more than $3,000 annual tuition per student money well spent.
But three years later, as his oldest daughter is entering sixth grade, Herman is at odds with the school of about 140 students.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, along with the 42 other schools overseen by the Allentown Catholic Diocese in the Lehigh Valley region, is adopting aspects of the controversial Common Core standards, which emphasize critical thinking and career and college readiness.
In response, Herman and his wife, Cheryl, have decided to pull their daughters from Our Lady of Mount Carmel and teach them through a Catholic home-school program.
“As long as there is any Common Core in the diocese, we will not be going back there,” Herman said, adding that other parents he knows also are considering home schooling because of the new standards.
Across the country, Common Core is causing the same concern among parents, who fear the standards — endorsed by the Obama administration — will dumb down Catholic school education and replace it with secular lessons no different from those at public schools.