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Where are we going wrong with the educational system
I had for me ,a sad experience last week. I am one of those peculiar people who really enjoy mathematics, I did not say I was great at it ,I just like it. I was at one of the two biggest trade/ high schools in Winnipeg working on a stuck rad valve, steam system. The only time I could gain access was during a class, I tried my best to be as quiet as possible( din’t swear once). The class was on consumer math or what it is more commonly called practical math. I could not stop from hearing the lesson and I was appalled. The instructor ,infinite patience ,was explaining to the youngsters how paying rent on an apartment works. He asked the class if I have to pay rent twice a month ,say two hundred dollars every two weeks what will I pay in a month? I of course thought what a stupid question, why is this man wasting these kid’s time. Oh he of little faith, no one could tell him the answer! So he tried again with a different approach, still no go. I am an impatient person, one of my many character flaws, so I blurt out 400.00 dollars. The teacher was a class act ,he thanked me for my input, and asked his class how I came up with the answer. Finally, one young lady told him I added 200 to itself. The teacher was effusive with his praise for her thinking. Where are we failing these kids? Although, there is something they are good at —— well it does come naturally. We had a job in the same school to cap all the supplies to the stairwell rads because, sorry Erin, they were having intimate moments if you get my drift. I would suppose it is difficult to study in the nude.