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Ridiculous 1st Grade homework
Eric finally brought home some evidence they were working with money
- but check this out.
I was away this night listening to Dean Gotcher lecture on the evils
of STW, OBE and TQM in Tacoma 1 hour from home when my wife basically
this this homework for him. Guess if I was a good father, I'd have
stayed at home and spent the 45 minutes instead of her instead of
finding out the forbidden truth about reform. Eric is 1st grade in a
combined 1/2nd grade class. The most complex addition worksheet he
has brought home is adding multiples of ten like 30 + 40. Of course,
this is the same class where he did addition and subtraction to 20
before facts to 10.
Find the total cost
Mark enough money
Two tags Sum Pictures of money
2Col
[15c] 15 [Q] [D] [D] [N] [P] [P] [P]
[18c] +18
There are 8 such problems on the page. This was assigned as homework,
which means the student is merely repeating what they did in class
and should be able to do it independently without parental assistance.
That requires adding 2 digit numbers with carry, my wife evidently
showed him how to do a carry since they obviously didn't teach him at
school. She also showed him how to mark off the coins.
One worksheet called for using 6 coins to spend 30 cents. How often
in real life do you have to use exactly X coins to buy something?
Never, it's a complex problem that requires guess and check since
there is no short solution. This is a very common NTCM "standards"
math problem. It's difficult, but you don't learn anything, and it's
useless for real life.
Money is one area that Eric fell short in his math test where he got
"only" 76th percentile vs 93 for reading. Maybe this is the reason.
This appears to be another example of "standards based" education
where you are expected to demonstrate a skill before it is taught.