5th grade math is totally kicking my ass

I'd just like to say for the record that 5th grade is totally kicking our family's ass. Yes, all of us. All of us are getting our asses kicked by 5th grade.

Math seems to be the prime culprit here. Let me give you an example of what we dealt with last night, and why PPT's math homework took over an hour.

This was the problem:

195 x 3= ?

Simple, right? Written like this:

195
x 3
-----

the answer is 585 and it take two minutes to figure out. No problem buckos, I am bright and fairly capable, it shouldn't take me more than 15 minutes to help my offspring with his homework.

But wait.

PPT's class isn't just learning multiplication, they're learning 'grouping'. Which means that this simple problem:

195 x 3= 585

turns into this ridiculously complex and mind-bending problem:

195 x 3= 3 x (100 + 95)
195 x 3= (3 x 100) + (3 x 95)
195 x 3= 300 + 285
195 x 3= 585

So, our simple little math problem has turned into sonofabitching quantum physics, and what should have taken up two lines on his page has now taken five.

As a result, what used to be a calm, manageable mom has become a psychotic bitch throwing a math book across the room and cursing out a sweet Lutheran math teacher.

5th grade math is totally kicking my 31-year old ass.

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nikkicrumpet said...

Well at least you made it to 5th grade before the book throwing began. I started cussin at about
3rd grade...after that I was DOOMED! HAPPY HALLOWEEN

christie said...

That's craziness! I would be throwing the book too!

Angela said...

you should have PPT turn in his homework with this solution:

195 x 3= 585

(my teacher)*(kiss my arse) = 585

J'Ollie Primitives said...

Where have you been all my (blogging) life? I had to read all of your posts after reading the Math Sucks post. You are way too funny.
And you have a pink blog.
I'm happy.

Darlene said...

LOL...I came over here from Nikki's blog and I hope our school doesn't do that. My dd is in 4th grade this year and I can barely get her through some of her problems. The other day we had to call around to other parents until one of the kids had understood what they were doing because none of the parents did....sheesh! Math was never a good subject for me anyway. And I keep on hearing it's only gonna get worse.......