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October 12, 2006 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
It's that time of year in the fifth grade to begin fractions and decimals. I didn't understand either in fifth grade; however, I'm quite adept at both now that I teach them. My question is: Do I drag all 27 of my fifth graders through least commom denominators, greatest common factors, and so on; or do I merely wait for them to get a job teaching fifth grade, letting them teach themselves?
While I'm leaning toward the latter, George Bush and his No Child Left Behind act seem to propose the former. (P.S. Do you think he knows a LCD from a GCF?)
I think GWB knows a lot about LCDs, Kathryn, but I'd rather he accepted that torture is against our American values and that habeas corpus is a foundation stone of a civil society. You can hire people to work out GCFs but a president running amok with the Constitution can do damage it will take decades to repair.