As every Singaporean should know by now, August 7 is going to be a public holiday this year, due to SG 50, i.e. Singapore’s 50th anniversary as a nation.
A quick check using the mental calculation of dates (Doomsday Algorithm), we can know that August 8 is Saturday, hence August 7 is a Friday. Thus, August 7 to August 10 is indeed a long weekend!
What are Singaporeans doing during the long weekend? Hint: It has something to do with studying. This is a really funny cartoon by Singaporean cartoonist “Chew on it”
Here’s one more reason to learn math!
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian bride walked out of her wedding ceremony after the groom failed to solve a simple math problem, police said Friday.
The bride tested the groom on his math skills and when he got the sum wrong, she walked out.
The question she asked: How much is 15 plus six?
His reply: 17.
The news may seem like a joke, but on a more serious note, the usage of calculators in Primary 5 & Primary 6 has led to a drop in the mental arithmetic standards of children in Singapore! As a tutor, I have clearly observed the difference before and after the calculator usage was introduced. Many a times, students need a calculator to calculate what is 18+15, for example. Also, 8 times 8 (mental calculation) would pose a challenge nowadays to some students ages 9-12, whereas in the past students would know it is 64 in less than a second.
What is happening is that students are getting a bit too reliant on the calculator, and hence their human calculator (a.k.a brain) has lack of training in this aspect. How to remedy it is to practice and train in more multiplication questions.