How bizarrely complex can Common Core make simple arithmetic for America’s children?

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The latest overly complicated Common Core math worksheet to bubble up courtesy of Twitter is being inflicted on first graders, according to Twitchy.

Here it is, in all its convoluted intricacy:


The problem comes from textbook behemoth Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The problem appears to ask how to take 8 things away from 14 things, and is as hopelessly snarled for America’s six-year-old kids as that process could possibly be.

Parents aren’t too happy.


This complicated math lesson is just one more in the ever-growing inventory of sad and hideous Common Core math problems.

Just this week, a group of Common Core-aligned math — math — lessons oozed out of the woodwork which require teachers to ask students if the 2000 presidential election was fair and which refer to Lincoln’s religion as either “liberal” or nothing. (RELATED: Common Core MATH lesson plans attack Reagan, list Lincoln’s religion as ‘liberal’)

Also just this week, former Massachusetts education secretary Paul Reville berated Common Core critics and asserted that “the children belong to all of us.” (RELATED: Pro-Common Core panelist: ‘The children belong to all of us’)

Recently, The Daily Caller also brought you a surreal, subtly cruel Common Core math worksheet. (RELATED: This Common Core math worksheet offers a glimpse into Kafkaesque third-grade hell)

A few weeks ago, there was a set of incomprehensible directions for nine-year-olds. (RELATED: Here’s another impossibly stupid Common Core math worksheet)

In December, Twitchy found the most egregiously awful math problem the Common Core had produced yet until that point. (RELATED: Is this Common Core math question the worst math question in human history?)

In November, Twitchy collected several more incomprehensible, unintentionally hilarious Core-aligned worksheets and tests. (RELATED: EPIC FAIL: Parents reveal insane Common Core worksheets)

Over the summer, The Daily Caller exposed a video in which a curriculum coordinator in suburban Chicago perkily explained that students can be totally right if they say 3 x 4 = 11 as long as they spout something about the necessarily faulty reasoning they used to get to that wrong answer. (RELATED: Obama math: under new Common Core, 3 x 4 = 11 [VIDEO])

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