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Re: IRS vs. Algorithms
Posted:
Jul 10, 1995 4:04 PM


>Well yes....but anyone who fails to learn the algorithm correctly deserves to [[[[[>get 4 and 25 as answers to 2/8. Why not learn it correctly and get .25 as an >answer?
But, I have seen far too many instances of this. So, if so many are *learning* it incorrectly, do you suppose that, perhaps, someone might be *teaching* it incorrectly?
Just a thought...
Norm Krumpe]]]]]
Well...this is, of course, a possibility...but it all goes back to students taking some responsibility for their own education. I feel that you probably will not find a bunch of teachers out there that have taught students how to divided 2 by 8 in an incorrect manner. I would be shocked to find 1 in 100 teachers who completely blew this lesson with the kids. The high school students who will answer that 2/8=4 will tell you themselves that they were not taught incorrectly...rather....THEY made a silly error due to thoughtlessness at the time.
Harv Becker



