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As the father of a fourth grader, I'm going to echo a statement that's probably been made by every generation of parents going back to World War II.
The math they're teaching my kid today isn't the math I learned when I was back in school.
The other parents and I grumpily (and dismissively) refer to it as "The New Math." And we joke about it at the gym, at the kids' birthday parties and at family dinners hosted by my parents (one of whom has a master's degree in physics).
However, the fact is that the "New Math" is real.
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