I just heard about the new Common Core standardized tests today (on the Colbert Report, of all places), and holy shit, there are questions intended for second graders that leave me with no earthly fucking idea of how to even interpret them, and I’m a twenty-year-old adult. I’ve written financial statements from journal entries yet I can’t even figure out the shit that they’re asking 7-year-olds now.
It’s not just the collegiate level that’s suffering; the U.S. educational system is fucked in its entirety. And no, this isn’t unique to Common Core at all; I remember vapid coursework and red tape to detangle even back in the early 2000s. If anything, my primary education has done more to prepare me for the same feeling of dissapointment that I feel when I walk into the DMV than anything else…
Whoa. I just watched his report on it and expecting elementary students to actually understand math on that high of a level in like a very quick amount of time is ridiculous. If the rest of the test is like that, nobody’s going to be passing! Why are they even writing a letter to Jack? Wouldn’t it be a lot faster to just have them explain their answer instead of writing in a formal out dated way of communication? I couldn’t have figured this one out in time, and I passed college algebra with an A. >.< And what the hell is a number sentence? The question after the first one is absolute nonsense to me.
No wonder high school students today are more stressed than people in asylums were in the 1950s.