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#1
09-29-2010, 06:22 PM
 BoBettie Guest Join Date: May 1999 Location: 1313 Mockingbird Lane Posts: 7,471
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*.
#2
09-29-2010, 06:27 PM
 Contrapuntal Guest Join Date: Apr 2004 Location: Under the lion's paw Posts: 13,267
Quote:
 Originally Posted by BoBettie ...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.
#3
09-29-2010, 06:34 PM
 BoBettie Guest Join Date: May 1999 Location: 1313 Mockingbird Lane Posts: 7,471
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.
#4
09-29-2010, 06:38 PM
 Contrapuntal Guest Join Date: Apr 2004 Location: Under the lion's paw Posts: 13,267
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 Originally Posted by BoBettie 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.
#5
09-29-2010, 06:44 PM
 Manduck Guest Join Date: May 1999 Posts: 5,435
#6
09-29-2010, 06:49 PM
 BoBettie Guest Join Date: May 1999 Location: 1313 Mockingbird Lane Posts: 7,471
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"
#7
09-29-2010, 07:05 PM
 Valgard Registered User Join Date: Jan 2001 Location: SF Bay Area Posts: 4,542
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 Originally Posted by BoBettie 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.
#8
09-29-2010, 07:18 PM
 CC Charter Member Join Date: Apr 2000 Location: not elsewhere Posts: 4,301
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 Originally Posted by Manduck 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.
#9
09-29-2010, 07:29 PM
 Chronos Charter Member Moderator Join Date: Jan 2000 Location: The Land of Cleves Posts: 74,328
Of course third graders get homework. Why wouldn't they?
#10
09-29-2010, 07:50 PM
 NinetyWt Registered User Join Date: May 2002 Location: Garden Spot of the South Posts: 9,135
Heck, kindergarteners get homework around these parts.
#11
09-29-2010, 08:08 PM
 friedo Guest Join Date: May 2000 Location: Brooklyn Posts: 23,583
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Originally Posted by CC
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Manduck 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.
#12
09-29-2010, 08:50 PM
 Manduck Guest Join Date: May 1999 Posts: 5,435
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.

Last edited by Manduck; 09-29-2010 at 08:51 PM. Reason: one edits because one can
#13
09-29-2010, 08:53 PM
 Frylock Guest Join Date: Jun 2001 Posts: 19,665
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....
#14
09-29-2010, 09:23 PM
 OldGuy Charter Member Join Date: Dec 2002 Location: Very east of Foggybog, WI Posts: 4,589
Quote:
Originally Posted by friedo
Quote:
 Originally Posted by CC 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.
#15
09-30-2010, 01:11 AM
 bonitahi Guest Join Date: Jun 2002 Posts: 278
I'm 32 years old and I don't get homework. I have my wife do it.
#16
09-30-2010, 01:36 AM
 pulykamell Charter Member Join Date: May 2000 Location: SW Side, Chicago Posts: 42,682
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Manduck Third graders get homework now?
#17
09-30-2010, 05:29 AM
 CookingWithGas Charter Member Join Date: Mar 1999 Location: Tysons Corner, VA, USA Posts: 11,591
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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