Common Core Math Fail on Jeopardy


From TheBlaze:

During a recent “Kids Week” on the popular game show “Jeopardy,” the program featured a category called “Non-Common Core Math.”

The young contestants were challenged to come up with the correct “answer” to a basic math question. Tyler, the game’s eventual winner attempted to run the category, but met with disastrous results.

TheBlaze reached out to Kyle Olson, co-author of the book “Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education” for comment.

Olson told us, “I found it strange. But I think it reveals the impact Common Core is having.”


Yes, it does and it’s a horrible impact that’s dumbing down and slowing down our kids. It’s interesting that the show’s producers would include that as a category – perhaps it was intended to be a wake-up call to prove a point to their viewers. If so, let’s hope it worked and more parents speak out against it.

Speaking out against it is just exactly what one 10-year-old New Jersey student did at a school board meeting. She didn’t mince words when she told them it stinks.

“I love to read, I love to write, I love to do math but I don’t love the PARCC,” Elizabeth said. “Why? Because it stinks.”

The PARCC, or Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is a Common Core test, and the Montclair School Board was meeting to discuss a policy that would allow parents to opt their kids out of taking it.

Elizabeth was all for the policy. The PARCC is riddled with ”very confusing and extremely hard questions,” she said, and in a deadly mix of unforgiving technology and the application of concepts that students haven’t learned, the test is a counterproductive mess.

Elizabeth said:

“One of the essay questions was identify a theme in ‘Just Like Home’ and a theme in ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.’ Write an essay that explains how the theme of the story is shown through the characters and how the theme of the poem is shown through the speaker. Include specific details from the story and the poem to support your essay.

“This is crazy! I am one of the most gifted students in my grade, or so my mom says, and I have not even the slightest clue what this means.”

By the time she was done speaking, the room had erupted with cheers and applause.

Good job, Elizabeth, but will the school board pay attention? Many are opting out of Moochie’s lunch mandates, so hopefully, Common Core will be next.


(h/t Terry)

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11 Responses to Common Core Math Fail on Jeopardy

  1. tannngl says:

    Nothing like the truth coming from a child. A smart and informed child, at that!

  2. Terry says:

    I was embarrassed for those kids, for our education system, and for our country as I watched that.
    I ain’t no jeenius, and I have been out of school for xxxxxxx years, but I was able to answer those math questions by the time Alex Trebek finished reading them. They were simple addition, subtraction and multiplication problems.
    The old fashioned way that we learned has proven to be a solid method my entire life .Leave it to the progs to try and fix something that ain’t broke.

    And kudo’s to little Elizabeth for telling it like it is about PARCC. She summed it up quite nicely. “It Stinks”.

    • Kathy says:

      I was too, Terry, and to make matters worse, the adults fail to see what a disservice they’re doing to these kids. Math skills are something that we use every day, along with reading and writing. There are kids today who can’t read a job application, much less fill it out.

  3. upaces88 says:

    I think I was born with a “Non-Math” DNA strand. I HATE MATH OF ANY KIND!
    Unlessssss, it is counting money FOR ME…suddenly, I am brilliant!

  4. captbogus2 says:

    Don’t forget Jeb Bush is for common core!

  5. Garnet92 says:

    Hey don’t worry guys, Jeb is gonna win us over on amnesty and after that, he’ll win us over on Common Core. He’s got some kind of ego to believe that – or else he’s some kind of dumbass! I prefer the dumbass option.