President Obama’s “Common Core Curriculum” would be amusing if it weren’t preposterous.
Apparently, under the new Common-Core standards, correct answers don’t really matter. At least that’s according to a “curriculum coordinator” in Chicago named Amanda August. “Even if [a student] said, ’3 x 4 was 11,’ if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer really in, umm, words and oral explanation, and they showed it in the picture but they just got the final number wrong, we’re really more focused on the how,” said the common core supporter and typical liberal, Amanda. Off course this reasoning explains quite a bit regarding our nation’s 16 trillion dollar debt, and Nancy Pelosi’s assertion that Obamacare was a “deficit reducer.” When you consider that our finest economic leaders in the Federal Reserve, and the White House, think spending more money will result in fewer deficits, teaching that 3 x 4 = 11 (if you explain it well) isn’t really much of a stretch.
I don’t mind encouraging children to try and then keep their head up if they fail, but praising excuses, even if well-formulated, is not the best way to teach our children. A wrong answer explained is still a wrong answer. Seriously, the message this sends is that it’s okay to be a failure, to be a loser, so long as you “feel” good and have “self-esteem,” et cetera, et cetera – ad nauseam.