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In 23 advanced economies: US adults rank 21st in math skills
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:08:24 PM »
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Re: In 23 advanced economies: US adults rank 21st in math skills
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2013, 07:09:49 PM »
Wilkow went into this in depth on his show yesterday.  As bad as our numbers are they would have been worse except us old farts scored really high while the young failed miserably...

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Re: In 23 advanced economies: US adults rank 21st in math skills
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2013, 07:17:50 PM »
  As bad as our numbers are they would have been worse except us old farts scored really high while the young failed miserably...

I'm now retired but when I was teaching, after an 18 year gap between first and second years (thanks to the draft) I had to do some catching up - or so I thought.  I quickly found that my education in the late 60s and early 70s put me far ahead of the students of the 90s and 2000s.    I took the GRE with that 18 year gap and had absolutely no problem passing it.  The same could not be said of younger colleagues.    When my daughter attended college she told me kids in one of her history classes had never heard of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  We can "thank" our liberal friends for making education equal for most everyone - pathetic. :headbang:
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Re: In 23 advanced economies: US adults rank 21st in math skills
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2013, 07:49:41 PM »
I'm now retired but when I was teaching, after an 18 year gap between first and second years (thanks to the draft) I had to do some catching up - or so I thought.  I quickly found that my education in the late 60s and early 70s put me far ahead of the students of the 90s and 2000s.    I took the GRE with that 18 year gap and had absolutely no problem passing it.  The same could not be said of younger colleagues.    When my daughter attended college she told me kids in one of her history classes had never heard of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  We can "thank" our liberal friends for making education equal for most everyone - pathetic. :headbang:

Oh my God! Don't get me started!

You have absolutely no idea how bad it REALLY is! Most of the professors of history at our august institutions of "higher" learning don't know much REAL history!

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Re: In 23 advanced economies: US adults rank 21st in math skills
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2013, 09:43:31 PM »
Some of this is due to the political slant in public schools these days.

But some of it is also due to changing demographics and The Bell Curve...

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Re: In 23 advanced economies: US adults rank 21st in math skills
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2013, 01:36:26 AM »

Math Education An Inconvenient

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They pushed this crap on my son from 2nd grade to 4th,  and its as horrible as shown in the video. He didn't grasp the algorithms and we couldn't be much help to him at home because we didn't understand it.    They dropped Everyday Mathematics last year and they were teaching normal algorithms again, but it was what I call popcorn math. Rather than sticking with one topic say long division, starting easy and getting a little harder with each page till they master it then move on to a different topic, what they do is a page of long division, a page of fractions, geometry, multiplication, and so on not coming back to long division until after they forgot how to do it.
This year in 6th grade they are taking college-prep Algebra, which is also taught popcorn style, not allowing them to master anything.
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Re: In 23 advanced economies: US adults rank 21st in math skills
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2013, 01:38:59 AM »
I feel sorry for these kids, they are going to be so confused.

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Re: In 23 advanced economies: US adults rank 21st in math skills
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2013, 11:34:29 AM »
I feel sorry for these kids, they are going to be so confused.

If I had any grandchildren I would do whatever was necessary to assure that they never attended a public school! They really are that bad!

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Re: In 23 advanced economies: US adults rank 21st in math skills
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2013, 11:40:17 AM »
If I had any grandchildren I would do whatever was necessary to assure that they never attended a public school! They really are that bad!

I do and I try to help, problem is they are scattered between south Texas and North Carolina.  The bad thing is the one that is home schooled is the furthest behind.

Math-R-Hard though, just look at how well our elected officials add and subtract.


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