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March 11, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

The “New” New Math

I just had an idea, when I talked with my sister after she watched American Idol tonight. I don’t normally watch it, but she does, so I asked her how many contestants were left.  When she answered, I immediately said, “I can see this becoming the new way to teach kids math, instead of the ‘You have so-many apples’ technique that was used when we were kids.”

It goes like this.  Say to your child, “You have thirteen American Idol contestants and Simon makes two of them go home.  How many are left?”

It would work with any number of reality shows, in fact.  Hmmm . . ..


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