The Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends" tried to disparage Common Core, an education curriculum supported by the Obama administration, with deceptive editing and false claims.
This morning "Fox & Friends" edited a video (below) of Amanda August, a curriculum coordinator in a suburb of Chicago, explaining how Common Core works, notes MediaMatters.org.
In the edited version, August says: "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 in oral explanations, and they showed it in the picture but they just got the final number wrong, we're really more focusing on the how."
Co-host Steve Doocy then falsely claimed: "If you get the wrong answer, you're going to get it right because you know, if you can explain it to the the teacher, 'ok, three four times equals eleven right?' The teacher goes, 'That's not right, but because you have the right reasoning, I'm going to give you the credit.'"
However, Fox & Friends did not air the complete segment of August (video below), in which she explained how Common Core wants students to understand the logical process behind getting the right answer. There's no mention of giving credit for a wrong answer.
Off-screen voice: "You're going to be correcting them, right?"
August: "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?'"
This is not the first attack on Common Core. Debunked Christian historian David Barton recently attacked Common Core for teaching global warming, which he tried to prove false with an often-used climate denying trick.