Dad Common Core Math Homework

A dad in Ohio has shaken up the Internet with a humorous take on Common Core math.

After becoming frustrated while working with his second-grader on his Common Core homework, Doug Herrmann wrote a check the next day using the method and posted a photo of it on Facebook.

"Wrote a check to Melridge Elementary using common core numbers. I wonder if they'll take it? #YouFigureItOut," he captioned the photo.

Since being posted on Sept. 16, the photo has been liked more than 9,000 times and shared more than 26,000 times. In an interview with Fox 8 News (see above), Herrmann explained he isn't against Common Core, which includes math standards that mandate students show their work very specifically and require a certain step-by-step process.

"I'm not anti-Common Core. It's frustrating for me," he said. "I'm a 41-year-old educated father of two, and I can't help my second-grader and first-grader with their math homework. So it's frustrating."

Herrmann also told Fox 8 News he tore the check up after taking a photo of it and didn't send it to the school, though he said many people suggested he should.

"I don't have to send it in because it obviously struck a nerve with a lot of people," he said.

H/T Pop Sugar

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One dad's frustration with his son's second grade math homework is going viral on Facebook after the dad posted a hilarious photo of a check he wrote to the elementary school using the common core math strategy.

Doug Herrmann or Painsville, Ohio, told ABC News that he wrote the check as a gag when he and his seven-year-old son were having trouble completing an assignment by using the math concept. Common Core encourages students to solve addition by breaking down numbers into tens and ones inside tiny boxes.

While he said he never actually sent the check to the school, Herrmann, a professional photographer, did post a photo of the check on Sept. 16 to Facebook, where it has been shared more than 25,000 times.

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"Wrote a check to Melridge Elementary using common core numbers," Herrmann wrote in the caption. "I wonder if they'll take it? #YouFigureItOut"

In addition to the check being a trending topic on Facebook, Herrmann sent the photo to his wife who happens to work for the curriculum coordinator at the Riverside Local School District. According to Hermann, the coordinator laughed at the photo.

Herrmann, a dad of two, said he and his wife respect their children's school and its administrators.

He added that he appreciates the flood of positive comments from parents who can relate, and is glad to have brought attention to the difficulties of the common core strategy.


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