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Kids today: Idongedit

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Time for tirade about declining math skills

By John Pawlak

Idongedit. It’s my students’ favorite word. You have to let it drip out of your mouth when you say it. Idongedit. And when you say it, it helps if you slowly tilt your head sideways, then look upwards and stare at the ceiling.  
Anyway, that seems to be the correct protocol.
It’s been a while since I’ve spewed out a tirade about the declining math skills in our country.  
With the school year behind us, I thought now would be as good as time as any to rant (as if I need a special time to do that?).
Okay, so now here’s one of my standard “somewhat related” stories.  
I’m in a Starbucks and the line is rather long, and I find myself passing the time chatting with some guy about my despair over how so many kids today can’t do basic math without a calculator.  
He agreed and told me that when he and his coworkers go out to lunch, “the guys have to use their cell phone calculators to figure out the tip.”   
So in jest I said to him, “Well you know what they say. Fifty percent of the people in this country have an IQ in the bottom half.”
He grimaced a bit, furling his brow and said, “Naw, it can’t be that bad.”


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