Comedian Louis C.K. took to Twitter on Monday to express his bafflement at the kind of wackadoo math problems his daughters bring home – and to slam the Common Core standards currently being debated in the nation at large. In fact, he flat-out said that the educational initiative had ruined his daughters' love of math.
My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry. Thanks standardized testing and common core!— Louis C.K. (@louisck) April 28, 2014
Unlikely education pundit though he may be, Louis C.K.'s point resonated with thousands of Twitter users, including similarly exasperated parents and educators.
@louisck You should write a bit on Common Core and post the video. Teachers and parents are hurting for allies. You'd be perfect.— Kenzo Shibata (@KenzoShibata) April 28, 2014
@louisck I used to love to teach math...and reading...and writing...now it's become all about teaching to the tests. I feel your pain.— Elena Gregson (@BklynSquint) April 28, 2014
@louisck This humble erstwhile schoolmarm thanks you.— michele somerville (@NYpoet) April 28, 2014
C.K. showed examples of the murky math:
This is one of my favorites. Also for third graders. Who is writig these? And why? pic.twitter.com/xUBVIxE6WU— Louis C.K. (@louisck) April 28, 2014
Look at 4 of part a. And the point isn't that it's too hard. Just read #4. Please. pic.twitter.com/5bnUlaXG5b— Louis C.K. (@louisck) April 28, 2014
But in his typical good guy fashion, he pointed out that he doesn't blame his daughters' teachers, who are similarly trapped within the framework.
Sorry. I sit with my kids as they so their HW they devour knowledge. When it's hard they step up. Their teachers are great— Louis C.K. (@louisck) April 28, 2014
But it's changed in recent years. It's all about these tests. It feels like a dark time. And nothing is going in anymore.— Louis C.K. (@louisck) April 28, 2014
It's this massive stressball that hangs over the whole school. The kids teachers trying to adapt to these badly written notions.— Louis C.K. (@louisck) April 28, 2014
Finally, he also admitted that maybe he's not the most authoritative voice in the Common Core debate.
Okay I'm done. This is just one dumb, fat parent's POV. I'm pissed because I love NYC public schools. mice, lice and all.— Louis C.K. (@louisck) April 29, 2014
So observational comedy, parental frustration, and that typical style of self-deprecation ... you'd almost think it was a promo for the new season of Louie.