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Jeopardy MOCKS Common Core Math Insanity (WATCH)

The long-running television gameshow “Jeopardy!” – known for its challening trivia questions – took a healthy jab at Common Core’s ridiculous national education standards.

Watch (above) this episode from Kids Week, in which a category was called “Non-Common Core Math.” Alex Trebek didn’t need to explain, as people already know it’s a reference to a crazy type of math problem solving that only an education bureaucrat could dream up.

Do you oppose Common Core? Please leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

H/T: Daily Signal



  1. Denny says:

    I’m glad I got my schooling done before America died.

  2. markovchaney says:

    What this has to do with Common Core eludes me and how it’s “mocking” same also went over my dumb head. What’s clear is that Tyler subscribes to the Margaret Meehan approach to quiz shows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=infNf6mMds4

    To those making knee-jerk comments about the “horrors” of “Common Core math.” 1) There ain’t no such animal. It’s a series of topics every single one of which has been part of what’s taught in traditional math classes for decades. If your kid “suddenly” can’t do math, s/he’s got issues that can’t be blamed on Common Core; 2) There’s nothing in the questions here that kids should struggle with. The problem is that you’ve got one kid who CLEARLY hits the buzzer before actually doing the arithmetic, then dummies out under pressure. Of course, all the commenters here would do better; 3) Factorials are fundamental for probability and many other aspects of math, though usually not learned until at least middle school and not always then. 5! = 5 * 4 * 3 * 2 * 1, and the fastest way to compute it is to break this into 5 * 4 = 20, 3 * 2 = 6 and 20 * 6 = 120. No need to ever multiply anything by 1, the identity element for multiplication. The previous problem (alternating sums and differences) can also be done piecewise: each pair must sum to -1; two such pairs make -2, and -2 + 5 = 3.

    Yes, it’s too bad these kids choked under pressure, but Common Core and the alleged liberal conspiracy are utterly irrelevant. Give the same questions 20, 30, 40, 50 years ago and you might well have seen the same results: this isn’t GE College bowl and none of these kids got on as an expert in even basic math. Put adults up there and ask them math question and you’ll be surprised how little they know and how often they forget their own names.

    Of course, this is a Daily News owned site, so the responses aren’t coming from the most highly educated people on the planet (it could be worse: could be the NY Post). It is amusing as a veteran mathematics teacher to read the predictable reactions, but they’re wrong, folks.

  3. Jonathan says:

    That is why common core is ruining our children. They cannot even solve a simple math equation. Need to go back to our standard curriculum.

  4. Eva says:

    We will be home schooling my grand-daughter starting this next school year. She was very good at math till they started pushing common core. Now she is having problems with math. They want to put her in special classes now. So home schooling is now the only option for us. I will not let her fall through the progressive liberal cracks. This has also made her feel unsure about herself. What a shame that this has been allowed into our schools. They tax the hell out of us so that they can destroy our children. I’m sick of the fact that they take our money and we have no say.

  5. Jim says:

    I think Common Core is a load of crap, although I do not have the formula for “load”.

  6. Mary says:

    The common core is going to confuse kids and make them want to drop out of school or math classes. What is wrong with math the way it has been for years? If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it.

    1. markovchaney says:

      Math isn’t being changed. There’s nothing new mathematically in the Common Core. The issues have to do with pedagogy. But where is there any evidence that these kids are performing as a result of the Common Core. The books influenced by that document are very new: these kids didn’t learn adding and subtracting and multiplying last year, Mary. They just froze and/or weren’t taught mental math. And guess what? Mental math has been a major missing component of US math education for at least a century, possibly more.

  7. Steven says:

    The sad thing is that I was able to solve all those in time, they were very simple, and neither of the other two could even with the extra time.

    1. markovchaney says:

      Yes, aren’t you a genius? But then, you were in the comfort of your home, not on television subject to mockery for freezing up, right?

  8. James says:

    Maybe he needs a little common core… missed all but the simple addition

  9. JerrynAnn says:

    I think it is plain down stupid.

    1. markovchaney says:

      Hmm, “plain down stupid” as opposed to “fancy up stupid”? What language is that phrase taken from?

  10. Thomas says:

    Unfortunately, Those kids were apparently educated with common core!…The boy couldn’t get the answer in time , and neither girl even Tried!

  11. Vonnie says:

    Pretty sad when even Jeopardy recognizes how ridiculous common-core math is!! I definitely am against this “new way” of doing things – it makes no sense to anyone!

  12. Ralph says:

    Give me an example as to how this formula would ever be used in everyday life! Wake me up when you send it to me!

    1. Thomas says:

      To reduce your ignorance, Ralph: the formula: 1x2x3x4x…xn, is so common in mathematics as to have it’s own name! (Factorial, expressed as n!). A quick look on Wikipedia will show you Dozens of applications, though I admit, the majority are higher mathematics specific. The first app, though is: if you had n different objects that had to be in some order, and you wanted to know how many Possible orders there could be, you would use the factorial formula!

    2. markovchaney says:

      Factorials (n!) are fundamental to probability theory. They are also part of many crucial power series in calculus, etc. The standard series for representing pi and e (the base of the natural logarithms) involve factorials.

      Any more examples needed? You can wake up now.

  13. Dean says:

    1 Liberal + 1 Liberal agenda + 1 Socialist president = The end of America as we know it. Great job big government lovers.

    1. Kathi says:

      well said Dean.

    2. Caren says:

      Common Core was created by the Bush Administration

      1. Daniel says:

        Actually it was launched in 2009.

    3. markovchaney says:

      Please try to keep the conspiracy theories limited to things you have some tiny bit of evidence for. The national curriculum movement was funded and promoted by corporate America, particularly big publishers like Pearson (actually a British multinational) and testing giants like the Educational Testing Service. The political agenda is (read slowly) p r o f i t. It’s not Communism, Socialism, or anything of the kind. Neoliberalism, maybe, but you don’t have the first clue what that means. Grow up: it’s not big government that’s destroying US education and everything else: it’s big capitalism, an international beast that’s been in charge for decades.

  14. Michael says:

    Common core math is designed to give parents a headache it turns logical thinking upside down and inside out It’s meant to confuse. After the kids are taught this what happens when they get a job and the power goes out and they have to make change for a dollar? Those computerized cash registers won’t work what happens then the biz closes until the power comes back on?

    1. markovchaney says:

      Gee, Michael, if the power is out, no one will be able to get the electronic cash registers to OPEN, or do process credit cards (cash is NOT the primary means of commerce in 2015; shocking, I know), the lights in the stores will be out, etc.

      Nice try, though. Your dumb argument has been made before, was wrong then, and is wrong now.