Ok, so check this out. I have a problem with our education system: Specifically the one that’s being given to those in low-class families. I was on the bus today on my way to the library; and there was this girl in her 20’s who was being friendly with these 3 kids on the bus (probably a friend of the family or something). for the purposes of this conversation, let’s refer to them as the Warners. So, Dot (who seemed to be in the 1st or 2nd grade) had some math homework. she asked her 20 sage (because, we all know when we 6 & 7, we thought anyone that was 20 knew EVERYthing)
So the sage picks up the paper, and starts to answer the questions. there was one question that caught my eye:
“A box of markers contains 9 markers, how many boxes of markers will you need to give each of your 29 classmates a marker? ”
Ok, well it was something along those lines, but you get the jist of the question. Now go ahead and think about it… did you get the answer yet? Ok, cool.
so this young lady sat there, tried to use mental math, then tried to work it out on paper, THEN resorted to pulling out her phone to get the answer !!!
Now, i do NOT proclaim myself to be a mathmatician… I got 2 friends for that. I’m just saying i was able to think about it, and work it out pretty quickly. I had to stop the girl and just tell her “It’s 4”.
Naturally, she didn’t believe me. So I then proceeded to explain it to her, and then she thanked me for my help.
That encounter got me thinking… what are they teaching kids in school today?
What do you guys think? Is America dumbing down the future?