Perhaps Tommy Needs a New Perspective

Tom Penny sent the following letter


I remembered a little something that happened to me a few years ago at Coconuts in Framingham. I had a handful of CDs to buy and the store's computer was down, so the salespeople had to not only write receipts by hand, but do the math themselves!!!

This required the advanced math skills of addition and multiplication of noninteger numbers. I was impressed, with only a few comments of "We should just close," they were able to add three numbers, then multiply by 1.05 to figure sales tax, and it only took them 10 minutes.

Have you ranted and raved about high school students who can't apply basic math skills?

Tom Penny

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