I hadn’t seen the “new way to do subtraction” until recently, but I was always a math kid, so I read this quick little article on it. The idea of counting up to get to an answer for a subtraction problem seems counterintuitive, but as Mr. Hermant Mehta suggests if it teaches math in a way that makes more complex math easier to learn, why not? Especially in an age of standardized testing and real-world “word problems”, I’ll go back to my old adage: “As long as you learn the material, does it really matter how you got there?”
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.