Some parents are becoming frustrated with the Common Core program assignments, including one North Carolina father, Jeff Severt.  On Fox and Friends this morning, Severt called his second grade son's assignment a math word problem "on steroids."  


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"He had to analyze what a fictional student did incorrectly, do the right math in his head, or somehow process that, and then write a letter to 'Jack' (the boy described in the math problem) that would describe exactly what Jack did right, but also what 'Jack' did wrong," Severt, who is an engineer, said.

Severt's son has autism spectrum disorder. His son had been frustrated with the assignment to the point of tears, according to Severt, that he had a meltdown when he reached this problem.

In response to this homework assignment, Severt wrote a letter to his son:

“Don’t feel bad. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications. Even I cannot explain the Common Core mathematics approach, nor get the answer correct. In the real world, simplification is valued over complication. Therefore, 427 – 316 = 111”

Severt's wife came across the note in his son's notebook and posted it on her Facebook page. Many of his wife's friends are teachers and the letter has since gone viral. 

"Teachers need to time compress the day to work writing assignments through a math assessment and this is by necessity, [it's] not really the teacher's fault, it's the situation they're in.  They're just as frustrated as the parents," he said.


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