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31/10/2017 11:03 GMT

Year 4 Maths Homework: People Confused Over Question Aimed At Eight-Year-Olds That Doesn't Have A Simple Answer

'Janell had 15 marbles. She lost some of them.'

People are really confused over a maths question aimed at eight- and nine-year-olds with dyslexia, which was shared by a dad on Reddit.

The dad explained there were “no instructions” given to his daughter, who goes to a private school that specialises in teaching children with severe dyslexia. 

The question stated: “Janell had 15 marbles. She lost some of them. How many does Janell have now?”

Unlike the other questions on the sheet that all have a definitive answer, question 44 is different. 

The Reddit user’s daughter answered with a question mark - and we don’t blame her.

One person commented that the answer is ”< 15″ (which just means less than 15) but he added: “I don’t think that’s a fair third grade question.”

Others came out with extremely complicated algebraic equations (“Answer: 15 - n {n ∈ ℤ | 1<n<15}”) and some just commented: “Janell has lost her marbles”.

The dad said he had not yet asked the teacher about the confusing question as he kept forgetting.

What do you think?

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