Here we go again. More math drama. I think I’ve made it pretty clear that first grade math story problems are not my favorite and I had planned to never bring the subject up again. But then this came along:
Let’s take a minute to discuss what I find to be some key issues:
- I see that “3 numbers” is circled. Presumably this was done to highlight a concept that Little Yoda missed. To that, I say: Three tens are three numbers.
- I also see that skip counting is modeled in red ink. That’s nice. However, the directions do not indicate that one must show skip counting to answer this question appropriately. In fact, my understanding is that one must answer the question “Did Ann skip count by 2s, 5s, or 10s?”
- Can we not assume that if Yoda illustrates that 10+10+10=30, then he understands the concept that Ann is counting by tens to get to thirty?
- Since Little Yoda finds this math problem to be so mind-numbing that he has to toss in some third-grade division to entertain himself (while simultaneously adding strength to his argument that Ann is counting by tens), is it too much to ask that we assume he’s got the math down and we not mark up his paper?
Here’s the thing. I understand that having Asperger’s increases my risk of developing narcissistic defenses. I accept that such defenses could be driving my condescending attitude toward this asinine math problem. And maybe I’m being a bit snobby when I say that my kid consistently blows first grade math out of the water. But it drives me bonkers when he comes home with his pages all marked up, thus decreasing his confidence in what God very well may have intended to be his gift. Am I alone in this?
P.S. It’s worth noting that Yoda’s teacher is awesome and would mark this answer correct if I had the balls to say all this to her face. This post is not about her, but is instead about displacing a lifetime’s worth of frustration on this one measly problem.