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Why Was A Child's "5+5+5=15" Answer Marked As Incorrect?

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Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockOct 30 2015, 18:31 UTC
3305 Why Was A Child's "5+5+5=15" Answer Marked As Incorrect?
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The web has kicked up a storm after a child was marked as incorrect for saying "5+5+5=15"on a grade school math test.

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The question simply asked to use repeated addition to solve 5x3. The math question is a typical question set by the Common Core for third graders. However, under the guidelines for the Common Core, you supposed to understand 5x3 as “five groups of three” not “three groups of five.”

The child was then marked down again for drawing six rows of four instead of four rows of six.

The image was originally uploaded to Imgur and Reddit around a week ago where many commenters were infuriated by the overly pedantic “by-the-book” thinking.  One popular comment on the Reddit post said, “So now you just took a kid who was doing well at math, confused them, and turned them off of it with your continuous nit picking of shit that doesn't matter.”

Image credit: Cloakenn/Imgur

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Main image credit: North Carolina Digital Heritage Center/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


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