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]]>These days, teachers want their students to become problem solvers. And so if you happen to answer a math question correctly but take a different route to get there (ie: 5+5+5 instead of 3+3+3+3+3), your answer will be graded incorrectly.

This is exactly what happened to a grade 3 kid who was marked down for not working out the math problem the way the teacher wanted him to. Doesn’t matter if he still solved the equation, wrong is wrong, right? Err…

And even when the student correctly answered the math question ‘4×6′ with six rows of four, he was marked down again. The correct answer? Four rows of six.

Unfortunately for the kid — and for everyone in the whole world — the U.S. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) defended the grading, saying ‘it gives students a better understanding of the problems they are solving’.

‘Part of what we are trying to teach children is to become problem solvers and thinkers’, says Diane Briars, president of the NCTM.

‘We want students to understand what they’re doing, not just get the right answer’.

Apparently working out math problems like this will also help when students learn multi-variable calculus. Whatever that is.

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]]>Think you’re a math genius? This puzzle might just stump you. We’re no math geniuses here but this math puzzle has frustrated us for hours. The problem was handed out to 8-year-old students in Vietnam but even parents had a hard time helping their kids find the solutions.

The idea is to place digits 1 through 9 in the blank spaces so 66 is the ultimate answer. Uh, were we sick that day the teacher gave us mathematical powers in school to solve puzzles like this? We’ve been staring at this problem for a while now and still it makes no sense.

Oh well. Who needs to solve math problems these days when Google’s around?!

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]]>This is quite epic: a student in Singapore decided to put in extra mathematical effort into writing the question numbers on his test paper using math equations… and was rewarded in the form of getting his marks from his teacher, also in the form of math equations.We’re horrendously bad at math — can any kind souls tell us if this student failed or passed the test?

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]]>Plants are smarter then we thought. According to recent research, plants can calculate exactly how much food theY will need each night to make it through the long, dark hours.

Not only can they plan ahead thanks to their internal clocks, but apparently plants can adapt their math equation to changing external forces such as an early night. This research is the first of its kind to suggest a sophisticated arithmetic calculation.

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]]>We’re loving this blackboard style timepiece from WatchDesign, with clever (or daunting!) math equations as markers. The Math IQ watch also features a single hand rotation, providing a sleek report of the time. Check out this and other unique WatchDesign creations in the Lost At E Minor store.

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