Readers Cheer Doing It Old School

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Readers Cheer Doing It Old School


Manitoba schools are going to go back to teaching basic math. Our readers basically said, "about time!"

What took the morons in our school systems so long to notice that their graduates can't spell, write, or do simple math.

I, for one, just vomits when I hear that an elected official is "so excited" about the school system getting back to doing their jobs.

Where the hell were you guys when that BS started? Where the hell were you guys when it became so noticeable to the world that our system was nothing but a feather bed for administrators and lazy buffoons?

-- winnipegman1

The article says that the parents will have a website they can go to, to understand what their kids are being taught. Ya mean to tell me they don't know the basics either? Guess I'm older than I thought. Calculators were not allowed when I went to school. Now the kids get in trouble for NOT having one. If they weren't being taught the basic math skills, exactly what have they been learning all these years? Basic math is one of the most important skills you carry with you all your life. It should never have been disregarded.

-- Tyne59

My 13 year old nephew is an A student. I asked him what 7 times 8 equals and all I got was a blank stare. He got out his iPhone to get the answer. The rest of the family laughed, but I think it's friggin sad.

-- LuckyBucky

FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY. Now don't stop there, Language Arts is just as screwed up as the basic math skills. Lets get back to grammar, spelling, and proper usage. C'mon Nancy, you can do it.

-- 23608167

Its about time we had some return to actual facts and figures. Its important to teach kids how to learn, but that can't be the ONLY thing we teach. For years I was told my kids don't need to memorize multiplication tables, don't need to know how to do long division etc. -- "This is why they made calculators." Finally this nonsense is being recognized as the cop-out it is. It takes some real hard work and study to learn these basic math facts. …

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