Fed Up Dad Writes Up Check to Elementary School Using Common Core Math

Fed Up Dad Writes Up Check to Elementary School Using Common Core Math

A fed up Ohio dad wanted to let his son’s elementary school know how frustrated his family is about Common Core math.

Douglas Hermann posted a picture on his Facebook page of a check made out to Melridge Elementary School in Painesville, Ohio using the long-form Common Core math standards, which children are expected to use to use, in place of the dollar amounts.

Take a look at the check and see if you can see how much the dad’s check is worth:

Wrote a check to Melridge Elementary using common core numbers. I wonder if they'll take it? #YouFigureItOut

Posted by Doug Herrmann on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Since the check is made out in “common core math,” if the father gave it to the elementary school and they wanted to cash it, the school would have to tediously explain to the bank cashier how to figure out the cash amount the Common Core way.

We couldn’t tell you the answer because we prefer using common sense to solve basic math.

If you’re unfamiliar with this method of teaching math, check out this video of a little girl demonstrating how to add three-digit numbers using both the traditional method and the Common Core method.

Hermann also wrote on his Facebook page, “It’s sad when I can’t help my second grader do his math homework. Mental math and ten-frame cards? Common core sucks!”

The Ohio father said that he didn’t actually send the check to his son’s school, but rather, posted it on Facebook as “a slam on Common Core.”

PJ Media reports that this parent is not the only one sounding off about Common Core math on social media:

The Washington Post recently ran a story about Ohio’s “confusing” Common Core standards that illustrates the issues with the program.

According to IJ Review, after giving students an online test in math and English language arts, it turned out that only one-third were “proficient” in the subjects; the standards were subsequently lowered so that it appeared that 65 percent were “proficient.”


According to Education Week, as of June 2015, four states did not adopt Common Core, and at least three states have pulled out of the state testing standards.

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