My oldest goes to an online charter school and is home with us during the day. When he happened upon a math problem that he wasn’t sure how to solve, he asked for my help. The problem looked like this:
Now, I was never a whiz at math, but I taught 6th grade and we never had rectangle, square, square, square = square, square, square, square. I was stumped. (And still am.)
So, I took to Facebook to ask some of my friends, fellow homeschooling parents, and the handful of scientists, lawyers, and business people who make up my Facebook friends list to see if perhaps they would understand it. There was much debate. Was that rectangle being divided by those three squares? Was it being added to them? Maybe it was being subtracted! Honestly, no one really knew and the consensus was that we’d all fail 6th grade math if forced to take it again.
Facebook: The place parents now go to get help with their child’s Common Core Math Homework.