Potatoes Savoyard; the new math — 3 Comments

  1. You know, I hate math. I’ve always hated it though. Even as a small child, I hated it. But I learned it. We had no choice. Then I had kids. They asked me for help with their math homework. I showed them how to do it and they told me I was wrong. It’s not the way they were taught to do it. I didn’t understand the way they were taught, they didn’t understand the way I was taught which to me, made way more sense than their way.


    Then I’m at the drive-thru for a fast food joint and their cash register is broken. I get to the window and the girl tells me she’s added my order up on paper and this is what I owe. I give her a $20 and she stares blankly at me. When I ask her what’s wrong, she tells me she has no idea how much change to give me.


    Either subtract the sale from the $20 or count the change back.

    Her response? “Oh, what’s counting the change back?”

    She, along with multitudes of young people in this country, no longer have that skill because the register does it for them!

    I’m all for math and teaching it however it’s going to make it the easiest to learn but people? TEACH IT! ALL OF IT!!

    *steps off soap box*

  2. nightsmusic, my dad taught me to ‘count back’ when I got my first job as a waitress. Such a simple thing any manager should be able to teach – if they knew it themselves. I’ve run into the same thing and it’s amazing and saddening how few life skills some people have.

    Davinder 😉