VIRAL: Can You Figure Out This First-Grade Math Problem?
In recent years, parents have expressed some frustration over Common Core math problems.
Now a North Carolina parent's Facebook post is going viral, as adults react with consternation to a new brain-teaser.
The letter-number puzzle above comes from a first-grade student's homework packet:
"Internet friends: solve this 1st grade math homework," the Holderness family wrote, adding "#showyourwork #mybrainhurts."
There were many answers like this: "What purpose does this serve in life? Whatever happened to normal math homework?"
But someone eventually broke through. The answer (it appears) lies in making the diagonally-arranged letters add up to the same amount using the key. The S-B-G adds to 40, so to make the other side equal, the answer would be: J (14).
The family member who posted the picture later explained that the complex puzzle came at the end of a seven-page packet and that the previous pages were more in line with first-grade level.
What do you think?