These days it's impossible to step into a PTA or school board meeting without discussing Common Core. The three-year-old program — which emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills — has parents across the country in an uproar. Even famous fathers __like Louis C.K.__ [1] and __Stephen Colbert have spoken out__ [2] against the new standards.

While the majority of parents' concerns stem from the testing methods used to measure students' success, the other issue is the homework their kids must complete. Gone are the days of simple word problems and showing your work with numbers. Now, kids must decode confusingly phrased equations and use number lines, blank circles, and "hidden partners" to solve them. Sounds complicated? That's because it is. Here, a series of Common Core assignments that have reduced children — and their parents — to tears.

Source: __Shutterstock__ [3]

### A Complete Breakdown

We don't know what's happening here, but at least the child got the correct answer.

Source: __Instagram user casadeberry__ [4]

### All of the Lines

Is this a road map or a math assignment?

Source: __Instagram user crazyhousereviews__ [5]

### Circle, Circle, Dot, Dot

Since when does basic arithmetic involve so many shapes?

Source: __Instagram user debi9kids__ [6]

### From the Abacus to Sticks

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but Common Core hurts our heads!

Source: __Instagram user kellythemaw__ [7]

### Another Reason Kids Hate Vegetables

Try getting your kid to eat a carrot after this problem.

Source: __Rebecca Gruber__ [8]

### Balloon Fair

Comedian Louis C.K. posted this photo of his third-grader's homework, and __proceeded to rant about Common Core__ [9].

Source: __Twitter user louisck__ [10]

### Orange + Blue = ?

Can someone please explain what a "hidden partner" is?

Source: __Instagram user cjlewis99__ [11]

### The Number Branch

Who knew math grew on trees?

Source: __Instagram user debi9kids__ [12]

### The Best Answer

This kid won't let Common Core get her down.

Source: __Instagram user heymelliemel__ [13]

### The Engineer That Couldn't

Even Jeff Severt, an electronics engineer, couldn't help his son with __this complicated math problem__ [14].

Source: __Facebook user The Patriot Post__ [15]