Common Core Math Vs. Saxon Math for grades one, two, and three


UPDATE: The Homeschool Legal Defense Association published their Common Core Documentary on You Tube.

Here it is:

UPDATE: Later that day…

Some broad on Facebook took issue with my blurry pictures and choice of comparison photos from Common Core Curriculums.

She said:

“One problem (aside from blurry pictures) is that you posted “Saxon Math Level One Math Facts Practices” in comparison to an entirely different lesson, aka apples/oranges. If you looked at the curriculum, you’d have seen the two worksheets before the one you highlight looks pretty much identical to the Saxon worksheet.”

So for her and anyone else who may need the photos focused and highlighted more effectively, I just took some of my precious time to retake those same four math pages with a better camera and share them here in the spirit of “trying to find the facts”. Since everyone loves a good game, here are the six photos next to each other. You all get a star sticker on your chart if you choose correctly…



Editorial Note.
  I am just a Mom Blogger, busy with homeschool and life as the Mother to five kids.  Why is it that I, with my extremely low traffic blog (I rarely get more than a hundred unique visitors a day) am always in the top ten on Google when I search “Common Core Math” in the search engines?  I am not a Mathematician, not a brainiac by any stretch of the imagination, I don’t even have a degree.

But I care about our society and our children’s future and so I write about Math, and when I see nonsense, I call it what it is.  Why are so few Mom Bloggers willing to step up and take on this fight?  Is sharing photos of your cooking and home decorating really more important than education???

I don’t get it. 

I understand that some people are concerned about marginalizing their friends and family who work in the education sector, and I admit to having those concerns as well.  But those people have all been threatened with a loss of their jobs if they speak out, so effectively muzzled it’s like we are living in a freaking police state.

Please, Mom Bloggers, start taking pictures of your kids homework, even if you only have a fuzzy camera phone, and upload it to Twitter and Facebook, write a couple blog posts… go ahead and offend someone, I don’t care if the local principal is your Bishop or your brother or your best friend. Go ahead and help stop this thing!  If we don’t, who will?

Here are my defuzzied Photos in several different layouts for the visually challenged. (Just click to enbiggen)


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The Daily Caller and Twitchy have been doing the most effective job collecting the many examples of Common Core math nonsense that parents have been uploading to Twitter and other social media sites. I went out last night looking for the latest examples because a few writers have been attempting to defend the various new algorithms that are being taught to elementary aged school children.

Here are a few examples I found on the web:

Now lets compare it to Saxon Math One, which is often the book used in Kindergarten and/or Preschool:

The expectations are clear and the child and parent have no trouble figuring out what the goal is for the lesson of the day.

A huge part of Saxon Math, especially at the elementary level, is daily Math Facts Practice tests. These timed tests are the best way to teach children automatic recall. Here is a test Ben took in his Saxon One book in 2011.


This Mom posted a lesson page on Twitter:

And this Mom posted her childs homework, no expectations, no clear explanations, just nonsense.

Compare that Math Lesson to this example from Bens Saxon Math Book:


Here is one more example from a father in New York:

Here is the page from Instagram:
Common Core Math Lesson

Now compare that insanity with a lesson from Bens third grade Saxon Book:


One of my great hopes as we go forward as a nation is that thinking adults will call bullshit when they see it.

Educrats wrap themselves in highfalutin gobblydegook that is intimidating to parents.

Please be willing to wrap your mind around the idea that if YOU cannot understand what is being taught, there is NO WAY your six year old is going to understand it.

Jenny Hatch

To read more about how you as a parent can stand up to this nonsense, read this excellent article!

One comment

  1. I am following, and listening, and just started posting. They don’t send home any math worksheets for my son, and if they do, it’s so basic, that he already knows it all. I hope that in first grade next year, that they will send home more for me to take photos of.

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