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Topic: US Customary unit of measure
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John Eubanks

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US Customary unit of measure
Posted: Mar 9, 2001 1:50 PM
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Hi Gang:

I am a retired old-timer teaching remedial math. I am subject to being
old-fashioned.

What are your thoughts on this.

I am insisting that my student learn the US customary systems of unit my
memory, no notes.
(I allow conversion tables and notes on metric prefixes, etc.)

They think it is unnecessary.

I just do not see that a person has a technical education without knowing
how many inches are in a foot, feet in a yard, yards in a mile, quarts in a
gallon, etc.

I just gave a test that asked how many inches are in a mile. One of the
students said how did I expect him to know this. I do not expect them to
know it. I expect them to know how many inches are in a foot, and how many
feet are in a mile, and know how to put these facts together with a
calculator and get a result.

What are your thoughts. Am I being unreasonable?

John Eubanks




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