On Comedy Central’s Tuesday broadcast of “The Colbert Report,” anchor Stephen Colbert mocked those who are wise to liberal indoctrination in school textbooks and classes, but even he admits Common Core math is worthy of some ridicule.
“…I may be coming around on the Common Core…” Colbert said, using the following Common Core math examples:
Jack used the number line below to solve 427-316. Find his error. Then write a letter to Jack telling him what he did right, and what he should do to fix his mistake.
“That’s a great question,” joked Colbert. “Teaches two important workplace skills – math and passive-aggressive note writing. It’s going to come in handy…when you have to leave post it notes about proper yogurt etiquette in the break room fridge.”
Colbert also highlighted a Common Core second grade problem that has become popular among parents on social media:
Mike saw 17 blue cars and 25 green cars at the toy store. How many cars did he see? Write a number sentence with a [grey box] for the missing number. Explain how the number sentence shows the problem.
“And there’s hard proof that the Common Core is already opening our children’s minds to new ways of thinking,” Colbert continued. “Just look at this actual answer to that question given by a California second-grader.”
17 + 25 = 42 I got the answer by talking in my brain and I agreed of the answer that my brain got.
“Folks, this child has a bright future,” quipped Colbert. “He’s only in second grade and can already clearly explain what it feels like to think. Now we just need to get him to explain what that feels like to whoever wrote the Common Core question.”