kitchen table math, the sequel: arithmetic

Thursday, July 9, 2009


I continued to do arithmetic with my father, passing proudly through fractions to decimals. I eventually arrived at the point where so many cows ate so much grass, and tanks filled with water in so many hours I found it quite enthralling.

--Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976)

Arithmetic for Parents by Ron Aharoni
What I Learned in Elementary School by Ron Aharoni (in American Educator)

from ktm-1 (you may have to hit refresh a number of times):
Aharoni article, part 1
Aharoni article, part 2: America's 'new math' goes to Israel
Aharoni on the fifth operation of arithmetic
Ron Aharoni on teaching fractions & forming units


Catherine Johnson said...

I feel exactly the same way.

Jennie said...

An article on the Daily Mail shows just one example of the negative consequences of the dependence on the calculator and the lack of arithmetic teaching in our classrooms.

Catherine Johnson said...

oh, that is wonderful!


Catherine Johnson said...

Maths dunces who don't make the cut: Haberdashers have to reject nine out of ten applicants because they can't add up