I just had an experience that just blew me away. I purchased a pack of cigarettes from a store in a nearby town. I was told the price was $7.85. I presented a ten dollar bill. The girl at the cash register punched in the 10, and and I received $2.07 in change.
Now I was expecting $2.15 thankyou very much. When I asked her to review the exchange she mumbled something about taxes which doesn’t even come close to explaining an 8 cent discrepency. Finally she pointed out the display on the cash register as if that was the final word.
I politely reviewed with her the purchase figure, the total cash presented and implored her to recognize that the cash register figure was in error. Finally she pulled out a calculator and to her amazement she had to conclude I was right.
Now I give myself some credit for a sense of a person’s intelligence and this girl was no dumb blonde. I can only conclude that this latest generation was raised on calculators and as a result have no intuitive ability to recognize proper outcomes of even the simplest arithmetic. Both my daughters will give me a blank stare if I challenge them with questions pertaining to the 12 times table.
I think calculators need to be banned from the classroom until at least grade 9. I can’t believe our younger generation can take us to new heights of achievement when they need a calculator to determine the difference between 7 and 15 cents.