‘Jeopardy!’ Takes a Shot at Common Core

Last week Tennessee and Mississippi made headline news for taking a stand against Common Core.  Now the Common Core takes another shot from… Alex Trebek?   Yes its true, even the iconic game show Jeopardy! is taking aim at the failing federal program.  On the last day of “Kids Week” the show had some fun at the expense of the Bill Gates sponsored initiative:

The first round of Friday’s show, the finale of its “Kids Week,” offered a category titled “Non-Common Core Math.”

Host Alex Trebek didn’t explain the reference, as he does for some cheekily-titled categories, saying only, “You’re going to love it.”

A few clues into the round, 12-year-old contestant Tyler Van Patten chose Non-Common Core Math for $200.

The answer: 1+2+3+4+5. Tyler correctly came up with the question: “What is 15.”

The next clue seemed to confirm that the reason the category was dubbed Non-Common Core Math was that it offered old-fashioned mathematical addition and subtraction, not the esoteric math word problems that critics say have resulted from the common-core math standards.



Jeopardy! has been in syndication since 1984, and still remains popular, keeping its categories and references up-to-date.  The fact that Alex Trebek took a jab at the Common Core is a reflection about how much collective vitriol there is about the standardized test that has been pushed upon the states and shoved down the throats of our children.

With serious questions arising about how Common Core is data mining our children, southern states are preparing to back out.  Here at Take Back Your Classrooms, we are going to give people a nonpartisan perspective on this educational  crisis, and hopefully a way out.  If enough of us make noise, at the right time, to the right people, then I believe that we can force our lawmakers to remove this cancer from our children’s lives.  Join us, and let’s take back our classrooms!


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