"I'm Not a Calculator!": Math Trouble in a Restaurant
I had a disturbing experience a few days ago at a Steak 'n Shake Restaurant near where I live. Having eaten the fare and been glad of the experience, I approached the cashier's area to pay my bill and leave a tip. Ahead of me were two teenage girls, one of whom was just being handed the cashier's receipt to fill out, and she paused over the task, pen in hand.
Old fogey that—admittedly—I am, I find this depressing, and I sincerely hope it's an aberration and that most people of that age could fill out the tip line without immediately needing therapy. I sincerely hope that's true, but I worry it's not. In my law school classroom I've noticed over forty years of teaching that the students don't have the basics they once had, and that I spend more of my time instructing them in matters they should have brought to law school with them (for example, how our government creates laws, what are the three branches of government, the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, etc.). On the other hand I'm aware that Socrates supposedly complained about the incompetence of the youths of his era, an observation echoed year after year ever since. (Socrates also is famous for saying that "The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.")
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