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Old 09-29-2010, 06:22 PM
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Max is thinking of a number...

...my friend's 3rd grader got this question (worked *exactly* as follows) on his math homework.

Max is thinking of an odd number between 42 and 64. THE between the digits is the same as the digit in the ones place. What is Max's number?

I think there's a bad phrasing there or a missing word or something- is anyone familiar with this question that might know either the answer or what the actual question is supposed to be? Maybe THE stands for something? It really doesn't much matter I guess but it's driving us both *nuts*.
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:27 PM
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...my friend's 3rd grader got this question (worked *exactly* as follows) on his math homework.

Max is thinking of an odd number between 42 and 64. THE between the digits is the same as the digit in the ones place. What is Max's number?

I think there's a bad phrasing there or a missing word or something- is anyone familiar with this question that might know either the answer or what the actual question is supposed to be? Maybe THE stands for something? It really doesn't much matter I guess but it's driving us both *nuts*.
If the missing word is "difference" (between the digits) the number would be 63.
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:34 PM
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Well holy crap that seems obvious now- what other word could it be? No wonder I did so crappy at math in school (especially word problems). For the life of me I couldn't imagine what word was missing.
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:38 PM
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Well holy crap that seems obvious now- what other word could it be? No wonder I did so crappy at math in school (especially word problems). For the life of me I couldn't imagine what word was missing.
Well the THE was a bit confusing.
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:44 PM
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Third graders get homework now?
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:49 PM
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I guess so. I have dogs so I have no idea. They're much cheaper and their homework is WAY easier. "Poop goes outside. Sit. Stay. Good boy"
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:05 PM
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I guess so. I have dogs so I have no idea. They're much cheaper and their homework is WAY easier. "Poop goes outside. Sit. Stay. Good boy"
My g/f's 6 year old son knows where to poop but those last three can be challenging to him.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:18 PM
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Third graders get homework now?
sorry to inform you, but the recent emphasis on math and reading test scores has translated to a very bizarre notion of what school means, what teachers do, what kids do, and most distressing, what kindergarten means. I fear the public has been sold a load of crap about "the schools are failing," "teachers are terrible," "just test them more," etc. Ahhh, don't get me started.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:29 PM
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Of course third graders get homework. Why wouldn't they?
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:50 PM
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Heck, kindergarteners get homework around these parts.
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:08 PM
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Third graders get homework now?
sorry to inform you, but the recent emphasis on math and reading test scores has translated to a very bizarre notion of what school means, what teachers do, what kids do, and most distressing, what kindergarten means. I fear the public has been sold a load of crap about "the schools are failing," "teachers are terrible," "just test them more," etc. Ahhh, don't get me started.
I had homework in third grade and that was more than 20 years ago.
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:50 PM
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I never got homework in grade three, but that was, oh, let's say more than 40 years ago. I did manage to learn quite a lot anyway.

ETA I think homework started in grade five, IIRC.

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Old 09-29-2010, 08:53 PM
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I remember telling my third grade teacher that now that I was in fourth grade, they were giving us actual homework.

My third grade teacher replied by explaining that she'd been giving us homework as well. I just never did it....
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:23 PM
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sorry to inform you, but the recent emphasis on math and reading test scores has translated to a very bizarre notion of what school means, what teachers do, what kids do, and most distressing, what kindergarten means. I fear the public has been sold a load of crap about "the schools are failing," "teachers are terrible," "just test them more," etc. Ahhh, don't get me started.
I had homework in third grade and that was more than 20 years ago.
Ditto and it is just more than 50 years in my case.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:11 AM
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I'm 32 years old and I don't get homework. I have my wife do it.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:36 AM
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Third graders get homework now?
I had homework from the first grade. Has something changed?
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:29 AM
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I am occasionally astonished by the lack of care in math homework assignments that my kids have come home with over the years (they are now in 7th and 9th grades). In particular I see a lot of ambiguous word problems that really should be constructed more carefully.

I have also seen one egregious error in geography homework (no Mrs. Smith, the Prime Meridian is not the same thing as the International Date Line).
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