Heart-wrenching Viral Photo Of Frustrated Little Girl Shows What Common Core Does To Children

There’s plenty of reasons why Americans should be wary of the new “Common Core” curriculum, but sometimes the right picture will say more than words can. That’s the case with this harrowing picture gone viral:


The photo was posted on the Facebook page of the mother of the girl:

I’m a photographer. This is my daughter…and this is the first photo of her that I have ever hated. #commoncore

EAGnews.org published the rest of the details about the photograph from the girl’s mother, Kelly Poynter:

I am a photographer, a hobby farmer, a child advocate and a mother of 3 elementary-aged children. This is my middle child in the photo … she is 7 and is in 2nd grade. My kindergartner and my 4th grader were already finished with their homework and had left the table. I had brought my camera in to work on my white balance skills while shooting in low light as I had a session the next morning to prep for.

After checking her work, I had found 2 math problems were incorrect. I tried to help her understand where she went wrong through her process but I don’t understand it myself and was not much help.

I told her to forget about it and we’d try again tomorrow but she became very upset that she could not get the answer and kept trying and trying to fix it. She is hard on herself as she very much wants to excel in school and not be pulled for extra help all of the time.

…My daughter is incredibly strong.  My daughter is a 4-year cancer survivor.  She is a fighter with a resilient spirit.  It crushes me to see her cry; to see her struggle.  My daughter deserves a happy childhood.

Wow. It’s hard to read that and not wonder if this is the kind of curriculum we want to foist on the children of America when the educational system is working so poorly already.