In what looks like a homework assignment for his kid, Jeff Severt had a different idea for an answer for his child. The homework asked to explain why a fictional kid named "Jack" should be using common core strategies to this math problem. Common Core strategy in the homework is being used over simply subtracting the smaller number from the larger one in this situation.

This was the exact instruction: “Jack used the number line below to solve 427 - 316. Find his error. Then write a letter to Jack telling him what he did right, and what he should do to fix his mistake.”

The dad decided to fill it in himself:

Dear Jack, Don’t feel bad. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering, which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications. Even I cannot explain the Common Core mathematics approach, nor get the answer correct. In the real world, simplification is valued over complication. Therefore, 427 - 316 = 111. The answer is solved in under 5 seconds — 111. The process used is ridiculous and would result in termination if used. Sincerely, Frustrated Parent”, according to Yahoo.

It happens that this parent and his kid live in Indiana where the State does not require the Common Core Math to be taught.

The problem?

Now educators and parents are debating whether teachers are teaching useless things to their kids. Supporters of the Common Core say that "developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful". Parents though are saying "Common Core program overcomplicated simple math problems and that somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves — pleading, screaming, and trying to say to us that we teach to free minds"