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Are Kids No Longer Learning Multiplication Tables in School?
2/22/2017

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David Ashton
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Re: Cursives, foiled again
David Ashton   3/13/2017 4:22:03 PM
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@Max....never let it be said that I let you run out of things to do :-)

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Cursives, foiled again
Max The Magnificent   3/13/2017 4:09:45 PM
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@David: ...if you used different colors for each "page"...

It would be easier to write a shorter letter LOL

Or write in real small characters

On the other hand... now you've said this... I'm going to have to give it a try (damn you Red Baron!)

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Re: Cursives, foiled again
David Ashton   3/13/2017 4:05:07 PM
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You could maybe do this if you used different colors for each "page".  Otherwise I can't see how Anyone could read it...

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Re: Cursives, foiled again
Max The Magnificent   3/13/2017 12:43:21 PM
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@kwcclark: ...First it was written normally, then the paper turned 90 degrees and continued, then turned 45 degrees and written corner to corner, then turned another 90 deg, and written corner to corner...

I would live to see a scan of that. I don't think that the fact you couldn;t read it was that it was in Swedish (although that probably didn't help) -- I just tried creating a small document using this technique and I couldn't read my own handwriting (but there again, my handwriting is so bad that's probably not a fair test)

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Cursives, foiled again
kwcclark   3/13/2017 12:21:56 PM
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I once saw a letter, written by one of my ancestors, at a time when postage was charged by the sheet.  First it was written normally, then the paper turned 90 degrees and continued, then turned 45 degrees and written corner to corner, then turned another 90 deg, and written corner to corner.  Then the paper was turned over and the pattern repeated. Eight pages for the price of one.  Oh, and it was written  in cursive, in Swedish.  I couldn't read it, but only because jag talar inte Svenska.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Yes to cursive and multiplication tables.
Max The Magnificent   3/13/2017 11:28:28 AM
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@Greg: ...Maybe we are just advanced here in Indiana. :)

Alternatively, if it is the case that the other states are giving up teaching multiplication tables and cursive, then you've fallen behind the times LOL

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Yes to cursive and multiplication tables.
Greg504   3/13/2017 11:15:15 AM
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Both of my kids learned both cursive and multiplication tables (currently 11 and 13).  The multiplcation tables were even done for time.  Had to see how many you could get in one minute.  Maybe we are just advanced here in Indiana. :)

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Re: do tables make you smart ?
Max The Magnificent   3/1/2017 10:12:23 AM
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@drjohnsmith: ...does that make them clever and others stupid?...

I don't think that knowing your 12 times tables makes you smart, per se, but it can be incredibly useful when making your way through life -- some 20 year olds I know can't even take a WAG (wild-ass-guess) at even the simplext calculations without using the calculators on their smartphones. Does this make them stupid and others clever?

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Re: do tables make you smart ?
Max The Magnificent   3/1/2017 10:08:36 AM
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@drjohnsmith: ...In the UK, we once upon a time had 12 pence in a pound, so may be a reason to learn up to 12 times table...

I remember those days -- I used to love the names of the coins -- "a bob" (or a shilling) meaning a 12-penny piece, and a "tanner" meaning a 6-penny piece, for example -- but it was a real pain having 20 shillings = 240 pennies in a pound.

As I wrote in a small piece here, when we swapped over to the new currency (100 pennies in a pound) in 1971, I remember little old ladies muttering that the new currency was too complicated and would never catch on LOL

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Max The Magnificent   3/1/2017 10:01:46 AM
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@RSD2: Issac Asimov's "A Feeling of Power" takes place in a future where pocket calculators are...

I actually mentioned this in my column.

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