a reply to: makemap
I agree with you. When they are not teaching how to do long math, or to write or read cursive.....it makes me really uncomfortable. About 20 years
ago I had some experiences that alarmed me ----
a local small businessman for whom I worked decided to "go digital!" back in 1998. I had been working with computers for 20 years at that point....I
knew that they crash, they stop, they fail. So, I said - so where should we keep the hard copies?
And he looked at me like I was nuts, and (this is a true story) said: "We won't need those anymore."
About that same time I was working in an alternative school setting (public school alternative placement - for the unruly and/or unable kids) and a
bunch of middle school boys were not required to do long math. I was appalled. I made them learn it anyway. Because every kid needs to know how to
count and multiply and divide numbers. It's insane to not teach them those basic skiils!
The flower shop chain closed down - the kids I worked with were at least able to use a dictionary and knew how to add columns of numerals and also to
figure multiples of nine....(nine times six equals five and enough more to make nine!). I remember that kid jumping up and down when he "got it!"
And just about two weeks ago, when our city was being smothered by an unsafe heatwave, the market where I was shopping was unable to ring up purchases
or to manage transactions. I was particularly hungry that morning. I noted that there seemed to be a lot lot lot more people there now - and said
something to the guy with the whistle lanyard ------
wow it got really crowded all the sudden!
and he explained to me that the computer system had been struck by lightning (for all practical purposes; it was actually called a "power surge") and
we'd all have to just bloody wait. So. There were a few clever folk who were willing to make change for cash transactions. I took one of my two
apples and one of my two yogurts (and left the rest of the stuff in the cart - it was a full cart!) over to the lady - and after some bewilderment on
her part, I paid the $.81 (eighty-one cents) for the yogurt and the apple, and then I walked over to the deli area and asked them to wash off the
apple and get me a spoon. They did so with a smile.
It was fine. But how many people have no concept of how to do real math? (It's simple - you just start with the amount they owed, and then count
until you get to the amount they gave you, and then do the minus of ........................GAH!!!! nm)
This world is in sad shape.
edit on 7/3/2016 by BuzzyWigs because: (no reason given)