NEW YORK – The problems surrounding the implementation of the new Common Core learning standards continue to mount.

dumb dumberNew York City teachers are publicly condemning the new Common Core-aligned textbooks they’ve been given to teach the new standards. According to the educators, pages are printed upside down, some teachers’ manuals don’t match student textbooks, and they’re riddled with other errors, as well, New York Daily News reports.

The problems with the Common Core books, created by publishing giant Pearson, are coming to light well into the school year because many of the materials didn’t even arrive until a month after school started, the news site reports.

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“They are loaded with errors,” third-grade teacher Rebecca Murphy told the Daily News.

District officials apparently recommended elementary school principals use new Pearson textbooks or another alternative as part of the district’s transition to Common Core complacency. The books came in late, and teachers have been struggling because some of the new Common Core-aligned lessons are really not very good.

District officials, of course, are trying to downplay the problems. Devon Puglia, spokesperson for New York City schools, told the Daily News that just because some teachers are having a tough time, it doesn’t mean the curriculum is bad.

One lesson highlighted by the Daily News last month asks kindergarten students to draw pictures of vocabulary words like “responsibility” and “distance” … in a 2-inch by 4-inch box.

The exercise stumped even supposedly smart adults approached by the Daily News to attempt the kindergarten challenge.

“’I’m glad I skipped kindergarten!’ said Brian Schwartz, who graduated from Oxford University at 18 and is a member of the Omega Society, which professes to accept only the brightest of the bright. Schwartz drew an infinite road for ‘distance,’ and declined to share his representation of responsibility, calling it ‘a total failure,’” the news site reports.

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The city estimated the new Common Core books will cost $56 million, but the strong recommendation by district officials to switch to the new “voluntary” materials is expected to increase that price tag.

The Daily News reports about 90 percent of schools followed education officials’ suggestions.

United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew has been outspoken about the new curriculum and the district’s rollout of Common Core materials.

“I think, honestly, the City of New York should send the curriculum back to Pearson and get our money back,” Mulgrew told the Daily News. “As a taxpayer, I’m fuming.”

Parents should feel the same way.

New York City isn’t the only place to have problems with new Common Core-inspired lessons. Teachers and parents have uncovered numerous politically left-leaning assignments, raunchy sex-fueled reading materials, and countless other issues with the seeming rush to implement the national standards.

That’s likely a major reason why a growing chorus of education professionals, psychologists, teachers, parents and taxpayers are questioning all aspects of Common Core. There are also questions about privacy with regards to student data collection, immense costs associated with technology upgrades needed for online assessments, and concerns about the underhanded way Common Core was adopted with minimal public input in many states.

School officials thus far have largely ignored the problems, in New York City and elsewhere, and as long as they continue to deny these problems the opposition will likely only grow louder and stronger.