Common Core: Father’s Check Goes Viral, Doug Herrmann Skewers Math Problems [Photo]

Patrick Frye - Author

Sep. 21 2015, Updated 2:00 p.m. ET

In order to understand this photo of a father’s check, Common Core math is apparently a prerequisite. Unfortunately, many Americans will probably need to turn to a fourth grader to figure out the above photo, and Ohio dad Doug Herrmann says that was precisely the point.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, after a report came out that black teachers were quitting their jobs at a higher rate than white teachers, some experts claimed it was because of the “standardized curriculum that’s scripted and sometimes micromanaged,” which “drives teachers nuts.”

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Parents are also being driven crazy, and the Common Core math check drives that point home soundly. This Ohio dad decided to make a point when he wrote out a check donating money to his child’s school, Melridge Elementary. The photo quickly went viral because in order to understand the father’s check, Common Core long form standards must be used in order to fill out the blank space. Essentially, the father’s check requires the school and the bank to know and understand Common Core math in order to solve the problem for themselves and cash it.

Doug Herrmann said he originally shared the Common Core math check photo on Facebook. The post has now been shared many thousands of times in less than a week. It has even been published by many media outlets across the nation.

According to FOX 8, Doug says he never actually sent the Common Core math check to the school. Instead, he wrote it out, took a picture, and the promptly tore up the check. He says he created the photo “to prove the point on how difficult Common Core math is and how it’s nearly impossible to use it in daily living practices.”

It is not only Common Core math that has students and parents upset. Common Core testing standards had fourth grade student Sydney Smoot giving a speech about Common Core which left the room speechless or standing with applause.

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“This testing looks at me as a number. One test defines me as either a failure or a success through a numbered rubric. One test at the end of the year that the teacher or myself will not even see the grade until after the school year is already over. I do not feel that all this FSA testing is accurate to tell how successful I am. It doesn’t take in account all of my knowledge and abilities, just a small percentage.”

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What do you think about Common Core math and standardized testing?

[Photo via Doug Herrmann]


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