I have noticed among my son's generation that even those with basic verbal skills (all ethnic groups represented) there is a lack of basic math skills, specifically money handling. At many fast food and retail places if the cash register didn't tell them the change to give, they would be clueless in determining for themselves what the correct change should be. I often get 4 dimes for forty cents in change. I remember one time I gave them the extra change so I would get 50 cents in change, which should be two quarters but I got five dimes instead. Another example is tipping, when using a credit card, I always round up to an even dollar, I have had more than one server comment they don't know how I was able to figure that out in my head.
True words, APL! When I give GED students at the community college a preliminary test to determine their levels of basic knowledge about reading, math, and language, they look at me aghast when I tell them they are not allowed to use a calculator on the math part. When I grade the tests, I find most of their scores to be lowest in math and language.
I shudder to think of what my great-grandchildren's world will be like!
Here's a transcript of
DR BILL COSBY SPEAKS
at the 50th Anniversary commemoration
of the Brown vs Topeka Board of Education
Supreme Court Decision