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Bring back the abacus

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By John Pawlak

It’s been a while since I’ve ranted about declining math skills in this country. Well yeah, OK, not really.
My wife just told me to stop lying and admit that it’s been about 12 minutes.  That’s what I get for marrying a woman who can tell time!
Los Alamos is joining the fray (or is that fracas?) among public schools across the nation and adopting a new assessment standard.  It’s called “Common Core State Standards (CCSS), an initiative to introduce consistency in educational processes.
At this time, CCSS has been adopted by 45 states. Texas has not yet adopted the standards. My guess is that state officials are waiting to see if the standards will mandate the teaching of creationism in math classes.
You know, something like this:
“And 6,000 years ago, Adam did marvel at the multitude of animals and did desire to counteth them.  And the Lord smileth upon his first math student and did create numbers!  And there was weeping and gnashing of teeth in the classroom.”
Now, I’m always amused to see how one decade’s experts criticize the previous decade’s experts on how to educate a child. CCSS is the new kid on the block and we’re expecting some exciting results.


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