Take away their cal­cu­la­tors

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Math prob­lems in schools

I have a great idea that might help with our chil­dren not be­ing able to do math. Start with the ba­sics and take away the cal­cu­la­tors, make them use their brains.

If you can’t do the ba­sics with­out as­sis­tance how are you sup­posed to learn higher math­e­mat­ics? I very of­ten run into young peo­ple work­ing in re­tail that, when the cash regis­ter, for what­ever rea­son, fails to tell them how much change to give can­not fig­ure it out, I find this ap­palling, this is ba­sic math and these teens don’t know it.

For­get blam­ing tests, teach­ers, stu­dents or par­ents. Our sys­tem needs to get back to teach­ing the ba­sics. Diana MacKen­zie, Hamil­ton

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