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Meet The Common Core's Latest Critic: Comedian Louis C.K.

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Actor Louis C.K. attends the 'American Hustle' screening at Ziegfeld Theater on December 8, 2013 in New York City. In April 2014, Louis C.K. took to Twitter to complain about the Common Core State Standards. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images) | Ilya S. Savenok via Getty Images

Anti-Common Core and standardized testing advocates have found an unlikely ally in comedian Louis C.K.

The celebrity took to Twitter Monday to rail against the Common Core State Standards, a new set of education guidelines that have been adopted in more than 40 states.

The Common Core aims to implement more rigorous education standards in schools so that American students will be better able to compete with their international peers and to make sure students around the country are being held to the same measures. They have drawn the ire of some on the left, who take issue with the high-stakes tests associated with the standards, and some on the right, who see the standards as an example of federal overreach. (Federal grants encouraged states to adopt the standards.)

Predictably, anti-Common Core advocates were pleased with C.K's tweets. As of Monday evening, the original tweet had received more than 5,000 retweets and 7,100 favorites. Below are some of the responses to it:

But hours later, C.K. kept the critiques coming, even posting pictures of his kids' homework that appear to use math concepts emphasized under the Common Core. The Common Core often requires students to do more than perform math equations by explaining their work -- something that differs from the math taught to previous generations.

C.K. tweeted:

Finally, C.K. took issue with standardized testing in general:

Common Core math problems have faced increased scrutiny in recent months, after one parent posted a particularly confusing question online and it went viral. However, writers of the Common Core math standards said that the problem was poorly written and did not reflect what the standards are supposed to emphasize.

“Like it or not, the standards allow a lot of freedom. People think the Common Core is a curriculum, and it’s not. The curriculum authors are going to interpret the standards in different ways,” Jason Zimba, a lead writer of the Common Core Math Standards, told The Hechinger Report in March. “There will be a lot of variety, and it doesn’t make sense to me to pick one thing and say that’s the Common Core ... Particularly something that doesn’t get at the mathematics that’s being emphasized in the Common Core."

Update -- 10:30 p.m. C.K. hopped back onto Twitter to add a few more clarifications for the evening.

And, of course...

Maybe his daughters' math homework will make a cameo.

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