Yesterday, my son (5th grade) and I were working on dividing fractions. My 9th grade daughter walks in, looks at the board, and says, "I don't think I ever learned how to do that." I almost hit the floor! She went to ps through the 6th grade, made straight A's the whole time, and was certified gifted by the state! Her teachers always told me that she was great in math. When I asked her how she did fractions in school, she said they were taught to input it into the calculator! She sat down with her brother, and I taught them both the same math lesson. She understood it in 5 minutes, but I felt so badly for her. She is taking algebra, and didn't know how to divide fractions! I'm mad at the school system for letting it happen, and at myself for not noticing it before. Since she's been homeschooling, though, fractions haven't been part of her curriculum, so I didn't even think to ask her. I just assumed she knew how to do them WITHOUT A CALCULATOR! I don't allow calculators for basic math. Okay...I feel better. Thanks for letting me vent :)
Mom of Laura-my 13 going on 30 angel, and 11 year old Nathan, the happiest kid in the world who happens to have Asperger's.
on Jan. 27, 2012 at 7:29 AM