Do Americans need more math?
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As a teacher, I see a lot of parents and students that seem to think it is acceptable to be poor at math. You would never hear anybody admit that they were bad at reading, but it is fine to say you aren't good at math. I think that practical math skills should be emphasized for all over higher level math skills which most won't need in the future. I am sure that people are ripped off daily because they can't do basic math.
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So very much THIS. ^
this math rocks
Edit to add:- while I understand that (for example) logs can be used to calculate interest rates, I do not know how to apply them. I know scores of potentially helpful formulas, all of which are useless because I am taught to an outdated, irrelevant specification that does not move with the world as it evolves, and only requires that I know the theory behind the subject, but not the real life application of it.
I learned my math the fun way:
As for the new way of teaching math, well I've seen it and it is stupid IMO. It adds three or four unnecessary extra steps to get the answer. Here's an example:
Then there are the cashiers... I was in a store and my bill came to $8.02. I handed the kid a $10 and said I had the 2 cents. They entered $10 in the register then when I handed them the 2 cents, they had no idea how much change to give me since their register told them $1.98, that's what they gave me. I said it should be $2 change, that's why I gave the 2cents, so they handed me another dollar. now I had $2.98 change. And this is our future generation
I remember my teachers telling me, "You won't always have a calculator" when I was in school. Boy were they wrong :P
Strange, when I was in high school our teachers told us to forget everything we had learned in previous and spent a lot of time going over how to use scientific calculators to do simple math like fractions and such.
Since I grew up on the East coast where they use the SATs for high schoolers intending to going to college, when I moved to Oklahoma, I had to take basic tests on math and such because I hadn't taken the ACTs, which the Midwest uses. I found out rather quickly I had completely forgotten how to do long division and fractions without using a calculator. Fortunately when they signed me up for tutoring lessons, the tutor found all I needed to see was one example and I remembered everything.
Me too. She's all right....
Once you get into highschool some problems are literally impossible to do without calculators. By the way I am not exaggerating I mean it's LITERALLY impossible to get an answer without a graphing calculator. Well unless you want to spend a few hours per problem that is.
Every time I see an example of this, I go "Huh???" :? :x