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Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?845

New submitter newslash.formatb points to this Washington Post blog post, which "discusses the National Assessment of Educational Progress test (specifically, the math part). One of the school board members took it and was unable to answer any of the 60 math questions, though he guessed correctly on 10 of them. He then goes on to claim that the math isn't relevant to many people. P.S. — if you want to feel like Einstein, check out some sample questions." Maybe this is mostly about the kind of life skills that are sufficient to succeed in management.
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Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

• Hard to believe (Score:5, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 10, 2011 @06:36AM (#38324472)

That a reasonably intelligent person cannot answer the following question: 1. (47 x 75) ÷ 25 = ... You can use a calculator.

• Re:Hard to believe (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 10, 2011 @06:43AM (#38324490)

It was hard to believe anyone would needed a calculator for 47 * 3,

Though I got the triangle one wrong, but realised it as soon as I clicked to get the answers, Its been too long since I used any real graph, I forgot I would only be putting one axis into the negative!

• Meh ... (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 10, 2011 @06:57AM (#38324558)

Don't act surprised. We're talking about the country where some dumb fucks managed to make creationism part of the school curriculum.

• Re:Maybe this is just me (Score:4, Funny)

on Saturday December 10, 2011 @07:06AM (#38324604)

My guess is that you are not on a school board and instead are doing some productive work.

If you just sit around lazily all day, your muscles atrophy due to a lack of usage. If you're on a school board, something similar happens with your brain, it seems.

• Re:This is dangerous... (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 10, 2011 @07:09AM (#38324622)

Hush! With kids too stupid to do basic math, we have job security to the grave and beyond!

• Re:Maybe this is just me (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 10, 2011 @07:10AM (#38324624)
Well, if you thought you couldn't use a calculator, it means you failed a comprehension test (the text clearly stated you could use one). Maybe that was the real test?
• Re:Even probability fails. (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 10, 2011 @07:13AM (#38324638)
Exactly - this guy is so bad at maths that his educated guesses are actually worse than sheer random chance.

Impressive.
• Re:RTFA - really, it's interesting! (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 10, 2011 @07:45AM (#38324818) Homepage

That is why I have an engineering degree from a world class university and this guy is a Teacher.

I did that and I don't have a degree.

Or an attitude.

• Re:Hard to believe (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 10, 2011 @09:12AM (#38325338) Journal

I selected the text, did a right click, selected "Google search for: (47 x 75) ÷ 25 ="

• Re:Worried (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 10, 2011 @09:21AM (#38325410)

It doesn't matter how many you multiply 0 by, n times 0 is still 0.

(Both 4th graders and 10th graders don't earn anything. Quite the contrary, they sometimes pay for studies)

• Re:Worried (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday December 10, 2011 @11:47AM (#38326738) Homepage Journal

I totally destroyed those 4th graders.

That was just the ego boost I needed for the day.

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