Math question meant for 10-year-olds stumps parents

Yet another homework assignment intended for elementary school students has been stumping parents across the U.K.

The seemingly innocent question was on a homework assignment given to Year Five students at a primary school in Glossop, England, located near Manchester. A 10-year-old boy’s father was stumped by the question, and submitted a photo of the assignment to Facebook for help.

“Calculate the perimeter of these composite rectilinear shapes,” the question asks.

“My son’s grandma had spent a while helping him with his homework and most of it was straightforward but this one question left her stumped,” the boy’s 43-year-old father toldManchester Evening News.

But when Manchester Evening News tweeted out the story, their replies were filled with criticisms and explanations for the problem.

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Some noted that the question was not framed properly.

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However, Twitter user “eindvistle” summed up the answer pretty perfectly, for those who are still stumped by the answer.

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Of course, this isn’t the first test question to puzzle parents, proving that math skills can fade when you no longer practice them.

 

Source: http://mashable.com/2016/06/08/math-question-stumps-parents


 

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