Common core is by no means happily accepted by all educators. In fact, quite to the contrary, it is a hotly contested issue that has parents and educators up in arms. It seems like a week hardly goes by that we don’t see a news post about how ridiculous common core math is. Instead of simply adding 2 + 2, students seem to be forced to go through a needlessly complex series of steps that appear to introduce them to calculus. When did it become unacceptable for a 5 year old to use his fingers to count? The kid is 5. If he was 15 and using his fingers we might have cause to worry, but 5?
All through school we learned about how great Christopher Columbus was. We learn about the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, but like with any subject, certain things are left out that our adolescent minds are not prepared to receive. Because how do you tell a group of 8-year-olds that the man who effectively discovered a continent by accident was a mass murdering psychopath? We don’t. We lie, cover up, and talk about anything except for this one brutal fact. We help our children remember how great Columbus was with a rhyme: