UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (4) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next
Author: spl241 Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Favorite Fools Feste Award Nominee! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 465046  
Subject: One Ignored 'R' in METAR Date: 12/3/2008 2:20 PM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 11
1. "The sine of an angle is the ratio of the length of the opposite side to the length of the hypotenuse. This is expressed in trig as Sin = O/H."

(vs.)

2. The length of time needed to pay off a 19.9% CC via making minimum payments is ____ years.

The risk in #1 is not knowing it for The Test. The risk in #2 is much more obvious and, I daresay, relevant.

Noted financial expert and best-selling author Jean Chatzky was on "Morning Joe" today. She made a strong case for basic financial knowledge being taught sequentially in grades 9-12. Ideally, once a kid left high school, he/she might have at least a bright glimmer about 19.9% and lethal minimum payments. MJ regular Willie Geist chimed in about having learned trig in high school and not having an iota of use for it since. In contrast, Willie sheepishly admitted many financial travails in the years after he left high school.

The upshot of this is that there's a lot of teaching for The Test going on, thanks to standards and NCLB. Young people who know #1 solidly can't tackle #2 or, more importantly, see no reason why they would or should. Sadly, what we've got is a bunch of LALB, with the LA part standing for "lots (of) adults."

Sometimes it's almost farcical. If you worked the deli counter and I told you I wanted 3/4 lb. of broccoli-crab salad, would you dab and dab until the plastic thingie's digital reading was .34, hand it to me and say, "There's a 3 and there's a 4. Have a nice day?"

That truly happened to me a few years ago. Jeezopete!
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (4) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next

Announcements

Foolanthropy 2014!
By working with young, first-time moms, Nurse-Family Partnership is able to truly change lives – for generations to come.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Post of the Day:
Macro Economics

Economic Implications of Cuba
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and "#1 Media Company to Work For" (BusinessInsider 2011)! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement