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Basic computation skills are lacking so much that even the brightest students are not able to be successful in upper level math courses now! I teach high school and college mathematics and have been seeing the decline for years. However, we finally have a reliable assessment in our school to show the students’ actual abilities and levels. In grades 8-12 we had ZERO students at grade level in mathematics!
The average was around FOUR YEARS behind with some as many as EIGHT!

Where does it begin? The students furthest behind didnt even know their ADDITION facts, like which pairs of numbers add up to 10!
The next big stumbling block was MULTIPLICATION facts.
If students had those mastered, the next issue was FRACTIONS!
Ive always used fractions as a true indicator of a students math abilities. If they can do fractions, chances are they can do upper level math. If they cant do fractions we have to keep digging for the true cause, its now showing up to be multiplication or even addition!!!

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Where are you? Don’t think that is a trend everywhere. My kids did HS math in the 90’s that I never saw in high school and I was in college prep.
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Not to mention that soon, high school graduates will not be able to read historic documents that are in cursive.

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Once years ago stopped in a small store in town that sold gas as well as pop and other things I picked up a 1.00 Pepsi and told the girl I also wonted 5.00 in gas she said thanks rang up the sale and said that will be 7.85 I said that is not right should be 6.10 with tax on the drink she said well the register says 7.85 so that is what you must pay, had to call the manager to get her straighten out

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Where are you? Don’t think that is a trend everywhere. My kids did HS math in the 90’s that I never saw in high school and I was in college prep.

The 90’s are over TWO DECADES ago! We’ve had No Child Left Behind and Common Core programs since then degrading our elementary and middle school programs. That means those students have now reached the high school and college levels.

Part of the issue is the fact too many people that are “afraid of” and/or “don’t understand” their math facts or fractions are now teaching these children. So whats their solution, hand them a calculator, they cam get the answers that way. Then they are doomed when they have to do a polynomial fraction problem in Algebra II.

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Not to mention that soon, high school graduates will not be able to read historic documents that are in cursive.
If the future population can’t read it, the politicians and media will TELL them what it says and means!

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The 90’s are over TWO DECADES ago! We’ve had No Child Left Behind and Common Core programs since then degrading our elementary and middle school programs. That means those students have now reached the high school and college levels.

Part of the issue is the fact too many people that are “afraid of” and/or “don’t understand” their math facts or fractions are now teaching these children. So whats their solution, hand them a calculator, they cam get the answers that way. Then they are doomed when they have to do a polynomial fraction problem in Algebra II.



If the future population can’t read it, the politicians and media will TELL them what it says and means!
Sad isn't it.....

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H*LL HAS OPEN BORDERS. taken from fox news

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