Thursday, March 6, 2014

How Common Core Killed the Cop Killer Counselor

Well that was embarrassing: Big Guy’s controversial selection to head DOJ’s civil rights division, Debo Adegbile, was rejected by the Senate in a stunning defeat.

We’re not used to rejection, how did this happen? Why did Dirty Harry let the Debo nomination go to the vote if we didn’t have enough Senators to carry it? As it turns out, it looks like a simple math error: somebody just counted wrong. Harry was assured he had the requisite 51 votes on the floor, with Joey B standing by,just in case.

I suppose this sort of thing was bound to happen, what with Common Core math and all. Because old fashioned math was too hard to teach (none of the new teachers could ever get their heads wrapped around math themselves), we invented “fuzzy math” which became the basis for Common Core math. It’s aimed at making all things mathematical - like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - easier to understand. Here’s an example of how that works:

Bonding With Numbers

numberbondadditiontomake10 common core problems

Got that? No? That’s OK, let’s try another:


Here’s the text:

Use the number bond to fill in the math story. Make a simple math drawing. Cross out from 10 ones or some ones to show what happens in the stories.

There were __ ants in the ant hill. __ of them are sleeping and __ of them are eating. 9 of the sleeping ants woke up. How many ants are not sleeping?

AntGrasshopper sleepsIn “old math” it was the grasshopper that slept; the ants were always working.

Now we have “math stories” with “number bonds”? For first graders?  And this is supposed to make kids find math easier to do? With “old math” kids simply hated it; with the new Common Core math they are terrorized by it:

common core math problemsKaitlyn, trying to do her math homework

So, yesterday’s fiasco is what happens when you let your 20-something staffers educated only in fuzzy math count the votes. They probably don’t have a very good grasp of history either. Maybe I should remind them what happens when the normally industrious ants choose to nap like the grasshoppers:


By the way, I note that the producers, writers and editors at NPR must have been educated in Common Core geography as well as math. As reported this morning:

Just now on NPR’s Morning Edition…a story on yesterday’s failed vote on Debo Adegbile began “a handful of southern Democrats joined Republicans yesterday to defeat president Obama’s choice to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division.” For what it’s worth the Democrats who voted no:

Chris Coons (Del.)
Bob Casey (Pa.)
Mark Pryor (Ark.)
Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)
Joe Manchin (W.V.)
Joe Donnelly (Ind.) 
John Walsh (Mont.)

And of course Harry Reid (Nev.)…

Not exactly Sons of the Confederacy.

So in case you didn’t before, now you know just exactly how important education is for our future. So when Big Guy asks to increase spending by a trillion dollars to re-educated America’s treasure in Common Core principles, how can you say no? After all, do you know how many number bonds there are in a trillion dollars? I didn’t think so.

ant18“I have 18 and need about a trillion more!”

Allow my to leave you with this modern day version of the old “Ant and Grasshopper” story. In the original, as you recall the moral was “Be responsible for yourself.”


Butt that was Before Obama. Here’s the modern, updated, version: (author unknown)

The ant works hard In the withering heat and the rain all summer long,
building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant Is a fool and laughs and dances
and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference
and demands to know why the ant should be
allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the
shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant
In his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth,
this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper
and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green…’

ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where
the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We shall overcome.

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray
for the grasshopper’s sake, while he damns the ants.

President Obama condems the ant and blames President Bush 43,
President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus,
and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King
that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the Grasshopper, and
both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts The Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act
Retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of
green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes,
his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends
finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house
he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house,
crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house,
now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the
ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.


“All of our ants are belong to us.”



UPDATE: Debo’s defeat due to racism, not Common Core, per Harry Reid. Duly noted.

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