Frustrated Dad Shows The Complexity Of Common Core Math With One Check

"I wonder if they'll take it?"

A dad in Ohio has shaken up the Internet with a humorous take on Common Core math.

After becoming frustrated while working with his second-grader on his Common Core homework, Doug Herrmann wrote a check the next day using the method and posted a photo of it on Facebook.

"Wrote a check to Melridge Elementary using common core numbers. I wonder if they'll take it? #YouFigureItOut," he captioned the photo.

Courtesy Doug Herrmann

Since being posted on Sept. 16, the photo has been liked more than 9,000 times and shared more than 26,000 times. In an interview with Fox 8 News (see above), Herrmann explained he isn't against Common Core, which includes math standards that mandate students show their work very specifically and require a certain step-by-step process.

"I'm not anti-Common Core. It's frustrating for me," he said. "I'm a 41-year-old educated father of two, and I can't help my second-grader and first-grader with their math homework. So it's frustrating."

Herrmann also told Fox 8 News he tore the check up after taking a photo of it and didn't send it to the school, though he said many people suggested he should.

"I don't have to send it in because it obviously struck a nerve with a lot of people," he said.

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