The little words (show your work) turns out to be the MOST important thing, not a side-thing.

Oh the aim is a good one and it’s worth trying. They’re just a little harder for people who do math in their heads already. When you already have a working mental algorithm in your head that just works, learning a different method can be harder than if you are starting from zero for example. (although honestly, I don’t think people ever start from zero; by the time you enter school, you’ve amassed a tremendous amount of knowledge already)

Still, I can see what it’s good to learn, although I believe they should be more honest about WHY they’re doing “Show Your Work”.

It’s a strange message I got when I was a kid, and kids still get today: Getting the answer right doesn’t matter if the process doesn’t conform.

The little words (show your work) turns out to be the MOST important thing, not a side-thing. Things in parenthesis are traditionally ignorable/optional. But in school, show your work _was_ the important part.

I had to explain the process to my nephew last year, and he “got it”; on the first telling, how the process goes from “show your work” to teacher, to administration to school board, to state funding, to federal funding and then back down to the school again through money and that the correct answer *is* the work you show, not the final math answer. The education system isn’t complicated but knowing the hierarchy and where you fit in the scheme of it is helpful. (show your work) was ridiculous when I went to school, it’s ridiculous now but it’s necessary.

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