5+5+5=15 is Wrong, According to Common Core

Parents outraged after student penalized for correctly answering math questions

A Common Core math assignment posted online last week is causing outrage among parents who say their child was penalized for correctly answering a question.


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A photo of the math quiz, uploaded to Imgur, shows how an unknown third-grade student received negative marks after allegedly failing to properly articulate how he correctly solved the question 5×3.

“The first question asks the student to use repeated addition to solve the question 5×3. The student answers 5+5+5=15, but is marked incorrect,” notes theDaily Mail. “Instead, the teacher writes that the correct answer should have been 3+3+3+3+3=15.”

The assignment’s second question, which similarly asks the student to use “repeated addition” to solve 4×6, is also marked wrong despite being correct.

“In the second question, students are asked draw an array to solve 4×6,” the Daily Mail adds. “The student draws six rows of four and is again marked wrong, with the teacher drawing four rows of six as the correct answer.”

Commenters on the photo, including several who claimed to be teachers in training, were outraged alongside the young student’s parents.

“People are realizing that this method of intentional confusion is testing folks’ sensitivity to the fact that the entire system is imploding,” one commenter said.

“As a future teacher, this ticks me off,” another added.

Such assignments have become increasingly unpopular with each passing year as schoolchildren are forced to exchange common sense for Common Core.

The controversial standards became well known in 2013 after a math teacher argued that wrong answers would be correct if students were able to explain why they provided an incorrect response.

In late 2014, a similar video stirred debate after a Common Core math teacher took nearly 60 seconds to explain how to properly add the numbers 9 and 6.


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