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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:22 PM

Are you old enough to remember Practical Math? Has it gone the way of the eight-track?


And yet I bet many people have difficulty with basic arithmetic, and recently a cashier at
a local Barbeque place thought there were 8 quarts in a gallon of barbecue hash...share your
own anecdote regarding this.




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Reply Are you old enough to remember Practical Math? Has it gone the way of the eight-track? (Original post)
raccoon Jan 2013 OP
brooklynite Jan 2013 #1
raccoon Jan 2013 #2
tularetom Jan 2013 #6
raccoon Jan 2013 #9
enlightenment Jan 2013 #3
Brother Buzz Jan 2013 #4
enlightenment Jan 2013 #8
RebelOne Jan 2013 #5
TlalocW Jan 2013 #7

Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:23 PM

1. They haven't had a new album in years...

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:27 PM

2. You must be a whippersnapper (under 30 yo).


Please listen to Chuck Berry's "School Days."



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Response to raccoon (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:53 PM

6. I'm 71 years old and the only place I ever heard the term "practical math"

was on that song.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:51 PM

9. We must have grown up in different countries! lol. I took it in HS. I took algebra as well. nt

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:32 PM

3. That doesn't ring a bell -

but I was a victim of "new math" . . . put "math" in the title of anything and my brain freezes. Worst experiment ever.

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Response to enlightenment (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:46 PM

4. My mother, the math major and compulsive counter embraced new math

She used old math to explain new math, then showed us ways to use new math to master the old math. I learned to love math in all forms through my mother.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:12 PM

8. I needed your mother.

My parent's were both very good at math - I come from a family full of both amateur and professional maths types (physics, engineering, etc) - but they were also older (born in the early 1920s) and disinclined to have much truck with new math. They made the mistake of believing that the school system knew what it was doing.

Had I struggled, they probably would have identified the problems, but unfortunately my natural ability was my downfall. It looked like I was doing great, but like so many who were damaged by this experiment, it was smoke and mirrors. I was in 8th grade before my parents discovered that I didn't know my multiplication tables; that was the year that they went back to "old math". For five years I was bringing home glowing report cards and lots of shiny gold stars - and suddenly I was an idiot.

It made me fear math - for that I'll never forgive the morons who thought it was a good idea.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:49 PM

5. I definitely have problems with math.

I am useless unless without a calculator. I don't know how I ever passed algebra in high school because I never understood it.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:09 PM

7. One of my majors was math so I can be quite anal about things

I just schooled a guy who posted something about how gun deaths in DC made it safer than overseas in Iraq. The propaganda he put up gave you all the numbers you needed to see that the "answer" provided was not true. The claim was that DC had 80.6 deaths per 100,000 for a certain period, and American troops in Iraq had 60, but they gave us the numbers of 2112 deaths per 160,000 troops. So to put it in terms of 100,000 troops you would set up:

2112/160,000 = x/100,000 and solve for x, which equals 2112*100,000/160,000 = 1320.

1320 per 100,000 is quite a bit bigger than 80.6 per 100,000

He didn't like that.

TlalocW

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