I just read in the newspaper that a bride in India cancelled her wedding with the groom because he was not able to answer a simple math question. Apparently, she asked him what is 15 plus 6. Looks like he answered 17.
I think the bride acted hastily. The groom would have received an A for this answer in USA.
I wrote this following post in August 2013. I wanted to re-publish this.
Please look at this clip from You Tube. Amanda August, a curriculum coordinator in Chicago, tells a class that getting the right answer in math does not matter as long as kids can explain the reasoning they used to get that wrong answer.
She says the answer for 3 x 4 is 12. But if a kid comes with an answer of 11 and can explain and tell how he/she arrived at that answer, it is acceptable.
When I saw this video, I could not believe my eyes. Where this country is going?
These are the future engineers and scientists who will be building our planes, submarines, and nuclear bombs?
I go to Safeway (a grocery store). I pay for my groceries. The counter girl gives me change. It should be $8 but she gives me $7 only. Here is your change Sir. But this is the wrong amount. This is how I arrived $7. Gives me a logical explanation. It is still wrong, stupid.
Hope these teachers accept this "new math" for calculating their pension at the time of their retirement.
So, it is ok to kill someone as long as your can explain logically how you did it and why you did it.
This is a real story. A colleague at my office told me that India is located very close to USA. I asked him if he really knows where India is. His reply: Indiana is in USA and therefore India must be closer to USA. He gave the right explanation alright.
No wonder all the American jobs are outsourced to India and other countries.
PS: I have read comments on this news from various Indian newspapers. Most of the comments support the bride. Me too, to some extent. What if the groom had asked this question and the bride gave the wrong answer and the groom called off the wedding, what will be comments from the public be? Supportive of the groom? Me think not. What do you say?