[quote="Skeeza, post:9, topic:1333"]That's what the problem is with a lot of boys these days. They have raised by their Mom, and take on their tendencies.[/quote]
Hmm, I'd say that more people were raised by their mom 50 years ago then today. Moms are working and, in a lot of cases, are not stay-at-home mothers any longer. I know some stay-at-home fathers. Go back to the 1950s and this would not be the case - the mother would be staying at home.
Beside that fact, is it “wrong” or “different?” Kids now-a-days are reaching higher educational achievements while education is becoming more challenging.
Not sure about that. Look at the clip in the opening thread, “Waiting for Superman.” The US ranks 25th in the world in math in 8th grade. IMO, middle school math is a disaster. The book used in local schools, “Connected Math”, has something like 58 uncorrected errors, after being reviewed by the former chair of the Stanford math department. Some very serious ones in terms of understanding, e.g., “Rio Rancho, NM grew in population from 1990 to 2000, going from 100,000 residents to 250,000 residents. What percentage increase in population is this?” Answer in the book: 250%. This error was duplicated by a similar question on the same page, so it was no typo. Educators are writing math books, not mathematicians. Sad. The education establishment wants “easier” books, I suppose so it makes the kids look smarter and their jobs easier. I was on a committee once, and a 5th grade math teacher wanted to reduce division problems so the kids didn’t have to do problems with 3 digit dividends, like 360/12, wanting only 2 digit dividends, like 36/12, until 6th grade. Check out www.singaporemath.com and you’ll be blown away, e.g., in 5th grade, " a fishtank measuring 14cm length by 10cm width by 16 cm high is filled to the 10cm height mark with water. If you drop a rock in, and the water line goes up to the 12cm height mark, what is the volume of the rock?" Big difference in 5th grades, don’tcha think? One avoiding dividing into 3 digits, the other doing 3 dimensions. IMO, this is not a hard problem. You just have to know how to do it. Our kids are no dumber, but they’re not being taught this. Answer: length X width X change in height, or 14 X 10 X 2, or 280 cubic centimeters. IMO, 90% of US 8th graders, not 5th graders, would get this wrong. And it’s not difficult, once you know how to do it. Problem is, teachers don’t know how to do it, not in the middle school level.