It is a new school year. That means more shitty parents are getting in their way of their children's education.
Everyone has seen the Facebook post by now. Some self righteous dad from Ohio wrote out a check using "common core" numbers (which are not a thing) to his kids school. Like the clever little shit, he wrote:
Wrote a check to Melridge Elementary using common core numbers. I wonder if they'll take it? #YouFigureItOut
See? This guy is real clever. Hemant Mehta at Patheos does a much better job directing Herrmann then I could. But here is the nut of it:
Because, to people like him, ignorance is hilarious. He’d rather see his son learn math the old-fashioned way, putting him in danger of struggling in his math career as he gets older, instead of course-correcting early in his education when everything is still fresh.
Congrats to you if you were able to memorize times tables and could replicate the long division algorithm. I hope you got lots of gold stars in school.
Some us spent most of elementary school missing lunch and recess taking and retaking times tests because we had failed to memorize our 8's. I hope the B+ you squeaked in pre-calc helps you sleep at night. Some of us had been so beaten down by the failures of path pedagogy by high school that we could not even begin to understand what the standardized math tests were asking.
I was lucky I guess. I passed standardized test Indiana required for graduation by one or two questions. Otherwise, I would have been regulated to remedial classes and an endless loop retaking the exam. If I did pass it, I would of been kryptonite to colleges.
So make your jokes about how you don't understand ten-frames and number lines and go fuck yourself. Let your kids learn and your kids teachers teach.