Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | April 9, 2010

It has finally happened …

I was waiting for this to happen, and it happened:

Today, 9 April 2010, in Didsbury, Manchester, in a high street bank (and a very big name bank; I repeat: BANK), a girl at a counter, keeping her hands at a calculator, claimed that 4% of 1000 pounds is 4 pounds — and could not be persuaded that she was wrong.

Mathematics education in this country is now certifiably dead.

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  1. Oh, my! Don’t bank tellers have to pass some kind of a math test?

    I just checked with my 5th-grader, who has not gotten to the percents unit yet, but who knows that “percent” is connected to 100ths (because of cents in a dollar). It took her a couple of minutes, but she was able to figure out 4% of 1000 just fine.

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