This equation has got many online users furious lately and has sparked off many debates. The reason why many are irked is the answer paper of a third grader in which his answer to this question was marked wrong, despite being right.
The question is no different than 5×3, except for the use of a different arithmetic operator. The equation is one of the many mathematical problems prescribed by the Common Core for students of third grade. According to Common Core’s set of guidelines, a problem such as 5×3 has to be solved by the summing 3 five times, instead of thinking of it as three sets of five.
The child even answered the next question correctly, but the teacher refused to agree with the approach in which the problem was solved. 4×6 was to broken down into 6 added four times, since it didn’t adhere to the Common Core set of rules, this one too was shot down.
The images of this third grader’s answer paper have raised many eyebrows online. People commented on a popular website where this image was posted by saying “So now you just took a kid who was doing well at math, confused them, and turned them off of it with your continuous nit picking of shit that doesn’t matter.”