I recently came across an article on ZeroHedge I initially believed to be satire: 3 Examples That Show How Common Core Is Destroying Math Education In America. It wasn’t, though, as the reference to a Common Core textbook clearly shows.
One example of the innovations was a new and improved method for teaching retards how to subtract two integers. The old subtract-with-carrying method apparently doesn’t cut it any longer. Here’s how they do it nowadays:
Instead of performing one pass to get to the result, you start with the lower integer and incrementally increase it until you reach the larger number, and then you add up the increments. This is akin to a Rube Goldberg machine for arithmetic. While you can’t make morons smarter, you can most certainly stunt the intellectual development of smart kids by putting them into a classroom full of morons in which an imbecile tries teaching them.
This reminded me of the “FOIL method” of multiplying two linear binomials, e.g.
(1x + 9) * (y + 7). It’s a completely superfluous rule that could be dropped if teachers instead focused on the applicability of the associative law. It boggles my mind that time is wasted on a special case that will only cause the average student to be stumped by more complicated mathematical terms.
The underlying issue the leftist education establishment tries to solve is easy to diagnose. They mistakenly believe that everybody is a potential genius, and if there are differences of ability, they must be due to societal oppression, or something along those lines. Thus, they look for supposedly friendlier approaches. The net result is that idiot children of idiot parents still won’t be able to get a grasp on elementary mathematics, while smart kids who suffer the misfortune of being exposed to such an environment waste their potential.
In the end, however, the left will succeed because everyone who got exposed to such a curriculum will be equally incompetent.