Core Meltdown

I’m not good at math. I got a D in algebra. Fractional exponents, domains and ranges, I sucked at all of it.

That is why I bristled at the New Math. I did not understand simple subtraction as it was presented. But someone I know pointed out that we do that math in our heads all the time. Kids are just learning how to write it out. Now I am not so scared.

Failing subtraction is NOT a good reason to chuck the curriculum, as Republicans want to do. They can’t do good mathinating, so they want to keep our kids dumb just because it’s required by the Common Core. Big government, they say. But I don’t think it’s that. It’s just another thing they don’t understand, and anti-intellectualism is the norm for conservatives. Rush Limbaugh, for example, glibly calls our educational institutions “scruels”(if he’s trying to be funny, well, that’s been addressed here). They pule on about higher learning being the a crucible of liberalism. The professors are socialists in ivory towers. They want to do away with the Department of Education. Blah, blah blah. I could go on.

I’m not crystal clear on how to do my kids’ math. But I’m not going to give up. They have new tools and that can only be good. Fuck those who want our kids to stay stupid and breed a whole new generation of brickheads who don’t want to learn anything that they don’t get on first look.

About The Head Seminarian

I might be the nicest person you'll ever meet, but if you don't believe me, that is because I hate you. I went to war, I went to father, I came, I saw, and it is a mess. I wouldn't have it any other way. Shitty people amuse me, people who act like human volcanoes fascinate me like fine art. Life is beautiful, and it is under attack in a manner heretofore unseen in history. I came to remind you of this, not make it worse. I might be writing a blog. Yes, that's all I am doing, now that I think about it. If you have a bad memory, you will forget this. Even I forget sometimes, so we're cool.

Posted on April 9, 2015, in Fucking Politics, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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