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Louis C.K. Freaks Out on Twitter About His Kid’s Homework and Standardized Testing

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Comedian Louis C.K. is really fed up with his daughter’s crazy math homework and took to Twitter this week to say so.

His main gripe isn’t with work her teachers assign, it’s with the emphasis schools now place on preparing for standardized testing. The Obama administration and many education leaders have championed the Common Core standards as a way to streamline state education standards. But critics say they have turned schools into test prep factories where third graders practice answering absurd questions written by education companies like Pearson and not their own teachers.

If you think he’s over-reacting, look at some of the homework questions he shared with his 3.4 million followers.

While some of his followers chimed in that they could answer the questions, the problems were designed for eight-year-olds.

Louis C.K. made sure in a series of following tweets to clarify that he loves his daughters’ teachers and that they are not the source of the problem.

While the comedian acknowledged he is no education expert, the tweets clearly struck a nerve with parents and teachers who chimed in their displeasure at the testing and Common Core standards.

Louis C.K. tweeted that he trusts teachers over education companies and people like Bill Gates, who has been vocally supportive of the Common Core standards the comedian was railing against. Realizing that he had misspelled the software tycoon’s name, he tweeted one last message on the subject. And it wasn’t a spelling correction.