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New Math Is Stupid Math

My oldest daughter is working on long division in her math class. This is their new method they're learning to do it (sorry about the poor quality -- it was a crappy phone cam image and then I tried to make it more readable in Photoshop).

How Is This Easier?

Now how does this new method made things easier? It involves several more steps, and gets a helluva lot more complicated as you had more digits to the dividend. And this is followed several pages of pretty pictures that is supposed to make this make more sense. As an old math geek, this personally makes less sense to do it this way, as it involves more steps in the long run. There are then pages of pretty pictures that try to make it easier, but it just confuses me even further. My daughter's smart enough to understand the old-school method, and prefers it to the new-fangled method.

Am I missing something here, or does the attempt to make all math into pretty pictures just make folks understand it less?

Posted by Jake on 02/11/11 @ 09:40 PM
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