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    My daughter has a math problem that I think is written wrong.

    Insert parentheses to make each equation true.

    14+2=6+2*3+2


    What is the answer?

  • #2
    14+2=6+2*(3+2)

    pemdas
    14+2=16

    3+2=5
    2*5=10
    6+10=16

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    • #3
      Fifth grade core math is rough! DD is doing it now too.

      A few weeks ago, DH went over DD’s completed homework assignment. There were 8 or so multiplication problems, DD got them all right, she turned it in. The next day she brings it home with an F on it. We realized she not only had to multiply the problems - she had to estimate the answer first. So she got 1/2 credit for it. WHY ESTIMATE?? WHY THE EXTRA STEP???

      Also, who doesn’t see a multiplication problem and just do it?! 😂🤦‍♀️

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      • Alwaysgreener
        Alwaysgreener commented
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        My dd hates estimating. She is always doing the problems without estimating and I have to have her redo them.

    • #4
      Core curriculum started here when my oldest (now 21) was in 4th grade. His teacher told me if my son could prove 2 + 2= 5 then he was correct When he got in junior high, the so-called core curriculum WAS supposed to go away but it did not, just is being taught by a different name. Teachers hate it as it moves so fast they can't help the kids that need help and if the kids can't hang on then they have trouble the following years. So happy my sons are OUT of school!!!!!

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      • GirlMomma
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        It moves very fast!

    • #5
      Originally posted by Annalee View Post
      Core curriculum started here when my oldest (now 21) was in 4th grade. His teacher told me if my son could prove 2 + 2= 5 then he was correct When he got in junior high, the so-called core curriculum WAS supposed to go away but it did not, just is being taught by a different name. Teachers hate it as it moves so fast they can't help the kids that need help and if the kids can't hang on then they have trouble the following years. So happy my sons are OUT of school!!!!!
      Core curriculum, my foster DD called it New Math. My foster dd (she should be 23 now) did some kind of math with squares (in 5th grade) to do multiplication and she never got the right answers. Her paper was such a mess that I could not understand how in the world she got what she got.

      Her teacher told me and foster dd that I was not supposed to help her with her math because I did not know how to do it. Clearly, Foster DD did not know how to do it either.

      It seems to me that it is taking a long way around to get an answer for a simple problem, I am not sure what that is teaching them. I think that the multiple different ways to do math are confusing my dd and she mixes up the rules from one way to the other. But at least her teachers have never said that I can not help her.
      Last edited by Alwaysgreener; 2 weeks ago.

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      • #6
        Tuesday night, DD was up until 11 PM doing homework. Last night it was 10:15. We sit at the kitchen table for at least 5 hours each evening doing math.

        DH and I are Googling the answers to figure out how to do these math problems. How do they expect 10YO to do this?? I can’t believe they expect kids to learn anything from this. Testing scores in my state are down, way down!!
        Last edited by GirlMomma; 2 weeks ago.

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        • Annalee
          Annalee commented
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          The hard part for me working with my sons was that I could get the answer sometimes but they wanted the problem worked out and I couldn't do that. Both of my sons are math minded but, depending on the teacher, their grades were all over the place. 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th-12th were A's but 5th and 8th grades were C's. sometimes it's how they respond to how the teacher is teaching. I found it odd that both sons struggled in 5th and 8th grades with the same teachers?

      • #7
        I am terrified of helping with math homework. All I can do is make it worse.

        The Usborne dictionary of math was a lifesaver for my kids. I like to give it as a gift to family/friends when their kids hit 3rd grade.

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        • Alwaysgreener
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          I borrowed math books from the l found the right one for us. I grabbed "How to be good at math" from eBay.

      • #8
        My oldest got diagnosed with Dyscalcia last Spring. It’s a LD in Math. I was great in math. I actually originally went to college to be a math teacher before I switched to accounting. So I try to help her and I can’t because of the ways they are teaching it. She will try to tell me how they do it, but she gets frustrated because she doesn’t even fully understand it. It’s a mess. We just did some work tonight and that’s what happened. I can help her and show her how to do it but she won’t listen because it’s not the way her teacher tells her to do it.

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