posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 12:51 PM
During the late 1970s, my school in the UK, along with some other schools, went on a pilot scheme for Computerised maths. The sytem was called SAM
It involved marking your answers on a Lottery/Lotto type piece of paper, with pencil, you marked a clear line on the right corresponding number, which
would then be passed through a computer of sorts, and you would get your results back the following week. Guinea Pigs for the first computerised
maths I see it as!
The whole system was full of flaws, the computer was relatively new, and you had to wait a week for your results to come back, followed by the whole
lesson re-filling in the piece of paper as it didn't get read properly by the machine!
I have spent a couple of years looking for information on SAM and ESYMRK, I can't seem to find anything on the internet, but I do know quite a few
schools took part in this scheme.
I feel it was a complete waste of time, we spent so much time learning to fill out the paper correctly for the computer to read that everyone I know
who was on it, did terribly at maths. I myself ended up going to college just to get the basic grades so I could learn how to do even simple
On the plus side, I can fill out my Lotto ticket super quick
I wondered if any other members had heard of this, or taken part in the scheme, and how it affected you if you did pilot in it.