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!
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