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Subject: Re: Liberal Education - no one fails Date: 1/22/2008 2:40 PM
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I have a pet peve. (Surprised?) When I go to the food market, or to a hamburger place, the clerks get very confused when I give them a ten, a five, and 17¢ for a $13.67 bill. They have to use the cash register to figure out the change. If they have already done the total, I have to tell them how much change is right. One insisted on giving me the change without the 17¢.


I wonder if the widespread use of pocket calculators has affected young peoples' ability to perform simple math in their head. Back in the dark ages of the 1960s, public school students such as myself had no pocket calculators and we also had to memorize our times tables. My sister was three grades behind me and when she reached 3rd grade, her class no longer had to memorize times tables.

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