# Parents Baffled By Complex Maths Question Designed For Six-Year-Olds

Can you solve it?

A family was left dumbfounded when they were presented with their six-year-old’s maths homework.

The parents, who blog at The Holderness Family, uploaded a photo of their son’s complex homework on Facebook with the caption: “Internet friends: solve this 1st grade math homework #showyourwork #mybrainhurts.”

The question requires kids to identify the missing letter in a diagram.

The mum explained this question was the final page on a seven-page homework sheet, adding that the previous six pages were “much more normal” for a six- or seven-year-old.

“I’m 40 and my brain cannot bend in these ways,” she wrote on Facebook on 10 January.

The question reads: “The picture shows some letters that are arranged in a pattern, use the key to find the missing letter.”

Using the key, the majority of people on the comments could see that B = 6, S = 23, P = 20 and G = 11.

But that’s the point at which they become stumped.

“What the actual hell is the point if this?” one person wrote. “Am I missing something? Is there some skill that this absurdity is supposed to hone?”

Another mum commented: “Haha just showed this to my eight-year-old and he had no clue and nor do I. This is absurd.”

And another wrote: “What purpose does this serve in life? Whatever happened to normal math homework.”

Thankfully there were some commenters there to solve the problem.