Common Core is making my brilliant son with #Autism hate math :(

It’s been a very frustrating day for me as a parent because Common Core has entered into the picture, for the first time I’m aware of. 

Emmett loves to learn and thrives on numbers and patterns. He loves school and is an extremely intelligent 7 year old. 

As of last school year, Emmett was moving through math so quickly that I started helping him learn more challenging math problems at home, just for run. He can do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In some cases, in all cases he can do so with 3 or 4 digit numbers. Even more impressively, he does this in his head. 

I don’t know how he does it but it’s like he visualizes the number floating  around him and the answers just appear. 

Emmett comes home with Math homework every night and it’s very quickly become the bane of my existence because Common Core is absolute nonsense and Emmett simply doesn’t work that way. 

He’s gone from a kid who did Math at home for fun to hating it and being unable to complete his homework because it’s pushed him over the edge. 

Here’s an example of a question from the other night:


Emmett was so frustrated because he knew the answer but didn’t understand why he needed to break it down into a more complicated question and add steps, just to get the same answer he already knew. 

He just doesn’t work that way and we’ve already had quite a few meltdowns as a result of his frustrations. 

I’m frustrated with this and I’m an adult. 

I mean, I understand what they’re trying to get him to do but not everyone works that way. If you look at the above problem and are like, that makes total sense, then you are someone who works that way. If you look at the same problem and your head feels like it’s going to explode, pull up a chair and hang out because I’m right there with you. 

I did a Periscope broadcast where I spoke about this and the video is embedded below. 

I would really like to hear your thought on this issue. 

I wrote his teacher a message tonight and that’s quoted below. Something has to give because I’m not going to let this snuff out Emmett love of learning and that’s exactly what’s happening right now.

So I just sent this message to Emmett’s teachers. Thoughts?

“I’m totally not trying to be a pain but this math homework is pushing Emmett over the edge. The way he’s being asked to do these problems are contrary to the way he works. Emmett is a kid who can do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in his head. When it comes to this common core nonsense, it frustrates him and it’s now 9:30 pm and he still hasn’t completed his homework because he’s been freaking out over it. 

Kids on the Autism spectrum give everything they have when it comes to the school day and they quite often fall apart when they get home, as is the case with Emmett. Emmett is a very anxious child and just can’t handle taking school home with him every day. 

As you are aware, Emmett is very capable of doing the work and can provide the correct answers but struggles to do that when forced to do things in ways his brain doesn’t work. I’m not sure how we go forward but frankly, this is something that we will have to address. Emmett hates math now and that’s not gonna fly with me. 

I realize that not everything is within your control but it’s my responsibility to be a voice for my son and I’m being that voice. 

Emmett was unable to complete his assignment and he’s quite worried about losing points as a result. We need to figure out how to address this issue because Emmett is a kid who loves school and thrives on learning. I can’t allow something like this to snuff that love of learning out… 

Can we set up a time to speak or are conferences coming up soon?

Thanks for all you do for Emmett. 😊


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