Before math gets too complicated, Common Core publishers should learn to count to 20
April 1, 2014
Kyle founded Education Action Group in 2007.
COLUMBIANA, Ohio – How are parents supposed to help their children with Common Core math when it’s just flat-out wrong?
Parent Mina Boyd’s kindergartener was given an assignment to count the number of apples on the page and write the number. The worksheet is titled “Count and Write 20,” so presumably, there would be 20 apples to count.
Except there’s 19.
“They ask her to count and write 20. So she counts…counts again and again. And says mom, ‘there’s only 19,’” Boyd wrote on the Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards Facebook page.
“I’m just glad she was smart and said ‘they’ messed up. If they are going to enforce this then they better double and triple check their work books so they are accurate,” Boyd wrote.
But apparently they’re not – or even the publishers are having difficulty with kindergarten math.
The lesson is part of a “Go Math” Common Core-aligned curriculum published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.