Common Core teacher: Kids ‘not comfortable’ with 9+6

Asserting that young U.S. schoolchildren may not be “comfortable” solving a simple addition problem such as 9+6, a Common Core math teacher is providing a minute-long, abstract explanation of how kids can add an extra step to avoid the number problem.

Thursday on Fox News’ “The Five,” host Greg Gutfeld shared a “Homework Helper” video in which the teacher, Ilene Ryan, states, “Our young learners might not be altogether comfortable thinking about what 9+6 is. They are quite comfortable thinking about their friend, 10. Ten is emphasized in our young grades as we’re working in a base 10 system. So if we can partner nine to a number and anchor 10, we can help our students see what 9+6 is.”

The teacher then proceeds to “decompose” the six, explaining that the number is “made up of parts,” including one and five. She then “anchors” the nine to the one to make 10 and adds 10+5 to get 15.

“Partner, anchor, decompose?” Gutfeld asked. “That’s not math. That’s ‘The Silence of the Lambs!’”