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From a reader:

My youngest now often thanks me for guiding him , now that he is dealing with issues at work … not ishoos !   Also, apparently, I drove him crazy because when he said ‘I’m gunna’ I would say ‘Oh, you are going to are you ?’  … but he remembers it, and probably one of the many reasons that he has been moved rapidly into management.

I had a situation recently when I was buying ‘3 for $10’  … the young assistant punched numbers into the cash register, cancelled, repeated the exercise, cancelled again , on and on. When I asked the obvious, she said she was trying to get the price of one item. I replied $3 33.  She gasped and asked ‘Where did you get that from?’  I pointed at my head.

From a letter to the editor:

The three Rs were considered the basis of a good education  … reading,
writing ,arithmetic. Once they were mastered, children had the tools to
learn anything else of interest. Also, firm discipline was considered
essential for providing a well-ordered classroom. Ask anyone past
middle-age and they will tell you a similar story.  They sat up, shut up
and listened.  Rote learning ensured that they still remember their
times tables, they can do maths without a calculator, they can do mental
arithmetic. They know the difference between bought and brought, number
and amount, fewer and less …  and something has a g on the end, not a
k. They know where to put an apostrophe !  Then methods changed,
discipline was removed, political correctness was introduced and the
recent results are very concerning, to say the least.

Do the children of today get a poorer education than in the days of Rote learning and mental arithmetic?


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