“What’s wrong?” I asked my grumpy ten-year-old in the car as we drove home from school.
“I have a lot of homework,” he sighed. Then, he whined “And it’s traditional math and I suck at traditional math!”
“I have to do traditional math and I DON’T KNOW HOW!”
When we got home, we looked at his Everyday Mathematics homework. Yup, he had to do long multiplication the traditional U.S. way.
He seemed almost near tears.
I, on the other hand, was practically giddy!
I. GOT. THIS. I can DO long multiplication! And I did. Dare I say it was almost fun?
And, contrary to his belief, my son understood traditional math and did his homework without too much help from yours truly. Maybe that’s because traditional math MAKES SENSE!
Take that, Everyday Mathematics.
Until next time.