A father's "Common Core" check to a school in Ohio became an Internet sensation last week, as the man tried to point out the impracticality of the math strategy.
BuzzFeed highlighted the check sent by Douglas Herrmann
in Painesville, Ohio, to his child's elementary school. He posted the photo on his Facebook page, and it has now been shared nearly 26,000 times.
"One Ohio dad showed his kid's school how far removed from real-life application he feels Common Core is in a way that's sure to get their attention: He challenged them to take it to the bank," wrote BuzzFeed's Morgan Shanahan.
"The donation check to Melridge Elementary was written out according to the longform Common Core standards — which anyone old enough to work at a bank would have to learn from scratch before cashing the check. Say what you want about the Common Core, but that's one hell of a slick dad-troll, Douglas from Ohio. We salute you," Shanahan continued.
The check was also spotlighted on Fox News Channel's official blog
, which praised it for bringing attention to complaints about how complicated Common Core can be for young learners.
"The confusing series of letters is in line with the controversial Common Core long-form math curriculum that is implemented in 46 states," Fox Insider reported. "Indiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and South Carolina have refused to adopt the curriculum."
"Officials at Melridge Elementary will likely have to teach the bank teller how to calculate the cash amount using the Common Core method if they actually want to cash the check. Check-mate, Mr. Herrmann," the blog continued.
In the end, though, Herrmann said he never sent the check to the school, adding on Facebook it was just his way to strike back at Common Core, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
"I'm social media exhausted," Herrmann wrote on Facebook, according to the Plain Dealer. "I was just making a 'funny' with the check."
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