The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Just … just … just …

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth (video via Flutterby)

This is how kids are learning math these days?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Granted, as a student I kept asking what, exactly, was the point of learning my multiplication tables, but I did it anyway. And I cheated all through fourth grade mathematics (which may have eventually led me to repeat pre-algebra in 8th grade), but the techniques discussed here appear to make the traditional method of long division appear easy and straightforward.

I seriously doubt that I would have “found” the way to do long division on my own.

And describe two ways of solving 36 ÷ 6?

Um …

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

I am so glad to be out of school, these days.

Updated on Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Embedding YouTube videos doesn't quite work for me, and it's not because of the blogging engine I use …

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