Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been making the rounds to increase his national name recognition in recent days.
On Tuesday, during a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation touting his energy plan, Jindal told a story about his son’s frustration with Common Core math problems and how his son has cleverly handled that frustration.
Specifically, the governor says, his son had to deal with trying to explain the metaphysical reasons for why 18 + 4 = 22, and why other addition problems have certain sums. (The video is below and the punchline is too great to give away.)
Surreal, subtly cruel Common Core math worksheets have been a part of the American family fabric since last fall, when bureaucrats in 45 states decided to implement the Common Core Standards Initiative with no, or virtually no, democratic input.
In March, an alert reader sent The Daily Caller an image of her then-seven-year-old son’s perfectly reasonable homework answer that is strikingly similar to the one Jindal says his son gave. (RELATED: This Second Grader’s Revenge Against Common Core Math Will Make Your Day)
Also in March, a North Carolina father sent TheDC a question his kindergarten kid brought home. It stumped him. He has a Ph.D. (RELATED: Bizarro Common Core Kindergarten Math Homework Stumps DAD WITH Ph.D.)
Perhaps the best example of Common Core’s bizarrely persistent focus on “why” in the most basic math came last summer, when TheDC exposed a video showing a curriculum coordinator in suburban Chicago perkily explaining that Common Core allows students to 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. (VIDEO: Obama math: under new Common Core, 3 x 4 = 11)
Since last autumn, proponents of Common Core have taken a brutal beating in the court of public opinion and in state legislatures across America. A handful of states have either neutered or — in the case of Oklahoma — banned Common Core. Legislatures in several more states are mulling bills that would limit the controversial national standards.
Jindal has been engaged in an increasingly complex battle against Common Core. Late last month, he sued the federal government — again — over the education standards, claiming that the government, by using federal education grants to encourage the standards’ adoption, has illegally infringed upon states’ sovereignty in the issue of education. (RELATED: Jindal Suing Feds Over Common Core)