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Who Teaches Maths Best — Schools or McDonalds?

Sometimes the so-called “experts” get in the way.
And that’s ESPECIALLY true in education.
Spelling standards? Out the window!
Grammar? What’s that?
Tables mastery? Oh, so boring!
Automatic response? Why? We have calculators and iPads to do that!

Well, some of us think that this is a tragedy! A REAL tragedy.

We’re TRYING to do something about it through our website.

But, really and truly, it’s up to “the experts” to reverse the trends, to remedy their ways, to reform the curriculum so that it actually addresses some of the weaknesses that are so GLARINGLY OBVIOUS to anyone who cares to check.

SO . . . Good on McDonalds for training the teenagers working for them. For enforcing standards of work and efficiency and honesty and reliability and . . . I could go on!

May our schools take on some of the McDonalds attitudes and values. Not a popular thought, but a GREAT one!

Thanks, McDonalds!

Is Facebook for Real?

What are “Facebook Friends”?

Are they REAL friends?

Or are they part of a large number of …

Well, the answer is, “It depends!”

We maths teachers reckon that, by and large, 3 = 3  and  4+3 = 7

There, I’ve said it! Good solid, predictable, accurate facts.

BUT, let’s look at Facebook.

Maybe not all Facebook Friends are equal!

Could it be?

Maybe, then, there needs to be a RATING of friends — you know,
“best friends”,
“almost best friends”,
“could be best friends”,
“just an acquaintance”,
“a nobody who got on my friends’ list somehow”,
and so on.

In some ways Facebook has brought about a DILUTION of the wonderful, significant, traditional meaning of that term “friend”.

Maybe “friend” now needs to be redefined. But to WHAT?

But, as we maths teachers know, no redefining of 7 + 2 = 9 is necessary. None at all!

Well, do you agree, or am I on totally the wrong track here?