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Jeopardy! kids had a category this past week named “Not Common Core Math”.


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Did anybody watch this episode and know what the answers were in the “Not Common Core Math” category?  Maybe it was labeled “Not Common Core Math” because Jeopardy didn’t have time for the ELA aligned required four part response from the contestants to a “Common Core Math” problem.   Maybe all Jeopardy wanted to know was that these smart kids knew the answer.  It’s good enough for Jeopardy.  For CCSS aligned schools, not so much.

Here is some information on the episode:

Today, we are finishing up Kids Week with these three players: Tyler Van Patten from Burlington, WI; Neha Rao, from Johns Creek, GA; and Emma Miller, from San Mateo, CA.

Round 1: Tyler found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Hi, Tech” under the $600 clue. After unsuccessfully wrangling with the “Non-Common Core Math” category, he was in the hole for $200. Emma was in the lead with $200 and Neha still had not buzzed in. Tyler bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

The winner of the tournament was not one of the above contestants.  The winner, with $29,203 in winnings, was Zane Ice.  He won by providing the correct question to this answer: which product advertises that it’s helped “imaginations take shape for 50 years” and “is fun to use, not to eat.”  The answer, most definitely low tech and providing tactile experience vs the iPad experience was: Play-Doh.

More on Zane who reminds us that you can’t win Jeopardy collaboratively:

For Zane, it had always been his dream to be on the show. So once he finally secured a spot this summer, it was time to prepare.

“I chose a topic each day and tried to learn as much as I could,” Zane said. “I also watched old games and looked at question archives.”

Zane, who also won the Kindergarten National Championship for chess in 2008, said he wants to attend Harvard or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and become an entrepreneur.

He attends a private school, Palm Beach Day Academy whose programs provide rich exposure to experiences that “guide each child toward personal excellence of mind, body and character.”


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