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  •  But I think it's a much bigger stumbling block (9+ / 0-)

    than you make it out to be.

    Memorizing the times tables means that's one less thing you have to think about when you're learning something new.

    We learned those, and memorized basic addition up to 10. We even had timed drills on it, and on times tables, and on basic subtraction and division.

    It helps. A lot.

    A big part of why kids have problems when they get further in math is because they never really grasped the basics. I like the analogy to scales in music - it really is pretty much the same thing. You have to have the basics so ingrained you don't need to think about them before you can really advance very far.

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