March 11, 2014

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?”