Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Forgotten fractions?

I found this article (and quiz) by Brian D. Rude through a comment on another blog.

Can you pass the fractions test he gives his first-year college students? Can your kids? And what does that say about the success/failure of North American education?

1 comment:

Sebastian said...

Interesting. I'm pretty sure that my older two kids can do all of these, but I intend to check them.
What I do find lacking in our math program is a strong use of story problems. So while they understand how to divide fractions, they don't have a deep understanding of what that sort of number sentence is describing in the real world.
When we go over problems, this connection to a situation is something that I try to add in.