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  •  I’m afraid that much of your bracketed rant (4+ / 0-)

    is, to be blunt, anti-intellectual nonsense.  In today’s world basic algebra and basic physics, for example, are as much a part of a minimal useful education as a general knowledge of history, geography, and English.  So is basic statistics, though relatively few high schools yet teach it; for most students it would be a far more usable choice than calculus.  Moreover, many people don’t know that fields they’ll go into even when they reach college; your suggestion would force them to make some basic choices much earlier even than that.

    As for your examples, balancing a checkbook is basic arithmetic that shouldn’t need to be taught as a specific application, though there’s certainly no harm in doing so; figuring loan payments (which I assume is what you meant, since the actual interest rate is generally a given) is just an instance of the more general skill of substituting numbers into a formula; calculating square footage of a room is an application of grade school arithmetic that shouldn’t need to be taught as a specific application, though there’s certainly no harm in doing so; and writing a check, measuring a window for drapes, and reading a land description on a plat map are not mathematics.  (And the two check-related topics seem to be on the verge of obsolescence anyway.)

    •  Hardly (1+ / 0-)
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      NonnyO

      What you're missing is context, but your intellectualism lets you see that, right?

      much of your bracketed rant....is anti-intellectual nonsense

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 04:41:15 AM PDT

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