For the third time, Right Wing Watch has caught a contradiction between what is said on Glenn Beck’s TV show and what it says on his website. This time it came from David Barton, who guest hosted for Beck and repeated this suddenly popular new meme on the right that the Common Core standards will allow kids to say that 3×4 = 11. A dishonestly edited video is rocketing around the right wing blogosphere on this and Barton is pushing it as hard as he can. But Beck’s own website has already debunked this:
The truncated clip features August’s statement: “But even under the new Common Core if even if they said 3 x 4 was 11, if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer, really in words and oral explanations and they showed it in a picture but they just got the final number wrong? We’re more focusing on the how and the why.”
An audience member then asks whether students will be corrected for giving the wrong answer.
“Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. We want our students to compute correctly. But the emphasis is really moving more towards the explanation, and the how, and the why, and can I really talk through the procedures that I went through to get this answer — and not just knowing that it’s 12, but why is it 12? How do I know that?” August replies.
A fuller video of the forum, however, reveals that August said first students should certainly know that 3 x 4 equals 12.
Ironically, the slogan of Beck’s network is “Truth Lives Here.”