Not since Railroad Bill, of folk song fame, tried to make a dollar out of 99 cents has been there been a more frontal assault on simple counting than the math worksheet shown below. The assignment is from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s “Go Math” program (via EAGNews, h/t reader Comrade J).
EAG’s Kyle Olson explains:
Parent Mina Boyd’s kindergartener was given an assignment to count the number of apples on the page and write the number. The worksheet is titled “Count and Write 20,” so presumably, there would be 20 apples to count.
Except there’s 19.
If you look in the upper right hand corner of the photocopied image, you can make out the words “Common Core Standard.” Though it’s tempting to pin the mistake on Common Core methodology, as Olson does, this is really a case of carelessness on the part of the publisher.
It does nevertheless raise questions about the quality of the educational materials used in our nation’s classrooms.
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