The Sad State Of New Hampshire Education — Basic Math?
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This (bank) account-related, ‘real-life’, question was part of my 11-year old daughter’s math homework.
On face value, as long as you don’t dwell on it, it seems kosher and, of course, most of you will come up with what you will INSIST is the correct answer: -$37. And you can see that ‘we’ have that too.
BUT, that answer is contingent on a NUMBER of arbitrary assumptions.
I will contend that -$79.50, +$88, ‘depends on what the opening balance was’ … at a minimum, are also perfectly valid, and defensible, answers.
What do YOU think?
Can you see ALL of the faux pas? There are quite a few.
As with such things, I am never sure whether I should laugh or cry.
I did discuss it, over e-mail, with one of the school’s administrators. He did NOT see anything wrong with it and said the answer was, indeed, -$37. I had to laugh. No wonder he earns such big bucks.
Check Category ‘New Hampshire’.