Friday, December 27, 2013

Favorite comments of '13, cont: Auntie Ann

On Math problems of the week: 4th grade Everyday Math vs. Singapore Math

Auntie Ann said...

From the rising-6th grader's summer math packet:

Find 65% of 100.

The question was so stupid, that the kid kept asking 65% of what?? Knowing that they couldn't possibly be asking for 65% of 100! That would be stupid!

That wasn't the end of the problem though, for the complete question was:

Find 65% of 100. Explain your answer.

He has no idea how to explain such a mind-bogglingly simple problem. "They give you a really easy question, and then make it impossible!" he said.

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