This elementary math question is totally baffling parents! Can you solve it?
It was aimed at students aged 6 to 7 years old but adults are finding it difficult. Find out if you can answer this tough math problem here!
Helping kids with their homework seems to take on a different meaning--and difficulty level---with each generation.
At least this much is true for the parents of the kids in one U.K. second grade Math class. One question from their recent standardized test has been stumping parents on social media.
— Louise Bloxham (@LouiseBloxham) May 7, 2016
The question asks: "There were some people on a train. 19 people get off the train at the first stop. 17 people get on the train. Now there are 63 people on the train. How many people were on the train to begin with?"
The difficult question has parents scratching their heads. And it has sparked a debate about the method of standardizing tests in the U.K.
It was one of the students' mums, Louise Bloxham, who first shared the question on twitter and 24 hours later, one user responded that it put "ridiculous pressure on children who are 6-7 years old."
— rick jones (@rick_jones397) May 8, 2016
Others, however, believed that it was actually pretty appropriate for kids at their level and the attention it's been getting has been unnecessary.
"It's really pathetic that this question is getting such publicity," snapped one Twitter user.
— Oliver (@bwv869) May 10, 2016
Do you think the controversial math problem is difficult?
X - 19 + 17 = 63.
So, X (the original number of people on the train) = 65.
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