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(e! Science News)   Next time some teenager asks why learning math is so important, hit 'em with: "to improve the efficiency of teleportation" and see if that grabs their attention   (esciencenews.com) divider line 1
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2013-01-16 09:58:35 PM  
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Two fairly smart friends of mine have both made facebook posts in the last couple of days. One of them posted a picture of a whiteboard with a couple of fairly simple expressions, like:
(5x7y4)3
and a comment about it being awful, prompting a thread of other people chiming in with "might as well be chinese", "I'm terrified of going back to school because of this", and so on.
The other - in his early 30s - posted about being in a pre-algebra class at his community college. Yeah, pre-algebra, not pre-calculus. I had to look up what that actually entailed, and it looks like it's things like fractions, integer roots/exponents, factorization of numbers... 5th to 8th grade math.

It just blows my mind that these simple operations are impossible for a huge number of otherwise-bright 30-somethings. Math education in this country is just a total shambles.
 
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