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The Teaching of Arithmetic: What Arithmetic Should Include

by David Eugene Smith - 1909

If we taught arithmetic only for its utilitarian value, to fit a person for the computations that the average man needs to perform or know about in daily life, the range of subject matter would not be great. Addition, particularly of money, but not involving very large or numerous amounts, is probably the most important topic. Perhaps, for it is difficult to say with certainty, the simple fractions and are next in line of relative importance, including of a sum of money, of a length or weight, and so on. Very likely the making of change, one of the forms of subtraction, is next in frequency of use. Then may come easy multiplications, to find the cost of 5 lb. of sugar, or of 16 yd. of cloth, given the price per pound or yard. A few of the most commonly used measures and their relations must then be known, as that 12 inches equal 1 foot and 16 ounces equal 1 pound. Given this equipment, the average run of humanity would be able to get along fairly well. But beyond this there lies a second field of work that every one may need, that a large minority will need, and that we must all at least know something about....

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 10 Number 1, 1909, p. 5-7
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11610, Date Accessed: 10/24/2019 12:57:35 AM

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