OK, here is a math word problem for you: How many different ways can you arrange five keys on a circular ring?
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Ironically, confusion of the CCSS with methods for testing mathematical proficiency is a prime example of the kind of imprecise thinking that the CCSS intend to rectify.
Every mathematical skill, procedure, or technique I learned over six years at university is now essentially obsolete from a US market perspective. If we cannot compete, then we need to play a different game.
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