In a “60-second lecture,” a Penn professor argued that elementary students shouldn’t learn fractions. They’re too hard.
“I have a simple suggestion when it comes to teaching students in elementary school fractions — don’t. Fractions have had their day . . . but in this digital age, they are as obsolete as Roman numerals.”
I’ve done quite a bit of algebra tutoring in the last few years. I’m dubious about the idea that students can skip basic math skills and go directly to higher-order skills. I don’t see it. I do see many confused and frustrated students.