If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably been subjected to my bitching about third grade math from time to time. Call me crazy, but I’m just not a big fan of assignments that make make me feel dumber than my nine-year-old children. Cause right now, my kids think I know everything, and this math crap is *totally* starting to blow my cover!!!

Take, for example, those word problems that make you think so hard that your adult brain starts to hurt. I mean, is that *REALLY* necessary??!! My brain’s on overload as it is already! And if *I* can’t figure these problems out, then how the hell is my elementary school kid supposed to come up with an answer??!!

Just go ahead and check out #4 on my son’s homework from last night:

Are you freaking kidding me with this??!! This is like something Alex Trebek would ask for the Final Jeopardy question. And last time I checked, the schools aren’t handing out big monetary rewards for completing homework assignments. So can you blame me if I told my son to write, “*a pain in my ass*” on the line that asked, “*Who am I?*” Take *THAT*, third grade math!!!

Just because I want to know if I’m right… did you get 13?

My husband said it’s 18. I gave up trying to figure it out.

I could NOT agree with you more. I’m a former teacher (and a damn good one) and I’m ready to blow! After a series of “practice” notes to my 3rd grade daughter’s teacher that may have been mistaken for personal threats, I decided to do some daily reading and stumbled onto your blog. Love it!

P.S. I tutor kids in 8th grade algebra and you’re right, that is ridiculous. I didn’t even bother trying to solve it. It’s stupid.

Love, Lucy

I used to be a 7th grade math teacher & I swear that problem from last night was WAY more advanced than anything I ever taught. It’s ridonkerous!! And P.S., I’m so glad you found me! Always giddy to have new readers! 🙂

Totally agree, Jennie. It took Emily and I about 10 minutes for #4. We got 13 and 18 as correct answers. I just wished they taught it like we learned it! Not a fan.

18

You’re right about 3rd grade math. My 3rd grader comes home with crazy worksheets too. If they invented this “new math” to make learning easier, they failed.

(BTW the answer is 18. Don’t hate me but I love math. AP Calculus rocked! 😉

It is definitely 18, LOL! You could have just Googled it:)

Wouldn’t 13 work as well?

13 works as well, right?

18! You have to go one step at a time. The 3rd graders actually have the advantage that they are being taught how to do it that day. You are seeing it for the first time when they show you the paper.

Ugh. I am so not looking forward to the homework days.

I am hating everything to do with third grade, but you’re right, the math is definitely awful. I don’t think it’s possible for parents to feel more stupid. Maybe this is why kids start rolling their eyes at their mothers at this age. That problem just made the right side of my face go numb. So much for real life application, right?

There are three kinds of people in the world: Those that are good at math and those that aren’t.

I hate math. Especially thinky math problems. Does anyone *really* ever use math once they get out of school??!!

I am DOOMED. I STINK at math! I doubt I’ll be able to handle first grade math when my son gets there!

I’ve always been good at numbers and can’t resist a number problem so, of course, I did this one – can be either 13 or 18. Math is something that I can actually help my kids with. Now French is another matter (in Montreal)…….