This Impossible Third-Grade Math Question Has Stumped The Internet

By Dave Basner

November 9, 2017

Schools are supposed to challenge children to help them learn, but a question on one third grader's homework is too challenging not just for her, but for her mom and the rest of the Internet as well. 

Her mother shared the math problem on Reddit, and it says, "Janell had 15 marbles. She lost some of them. How many does Janell have now?" The confused 8-year-old could only respond with a question mark. 

Commenters gave suggestions for possible answers like "<15," "some," and "15-x," but most said that it's a very unfair questions to ask third graders.   

The girl's mom told the Huffington Post, "I haven’t found out the answer, but hope to see her graded paper soon. To be honest, I'm unsure if it was printed in error or was a question to test her knowledge of less than and greater than, which she has touched on in the past."

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