Today a rant, with the promise of something inspirational before the week is out.
Friday afternoon I visited Borders to buy a book. The man beside me was buying a stuffed animal and was being checked out by a woman in her late-thirties.
His stuffed animal came to $9.73. He must have given the clerk a $20.00 bill, but not before she made the fatal error of opening her register before calculating change. Note the sarcasm in my voice. Flustered, the clerk scurried down two registers and pleaded with my salesperson to help her calculate change. "I was an English major," she joked. "I don't do math."
Here's the rant...
I've worked in higher education for a number of years... and so have many of you. Even if you haven't worked in higher education... don't you think the average American should be smart enough to make change? Shouldn't there be a limit to how little we can know when we graduate from high school - never mind college.
Say yes or our standing as an educated nation is in jeopardy.
If the stuffed animal is $9.73
plus $0.02 = $9.75
$0.75 plus $.0.25 = $10.00
$10.00 + $10.00 = $20.00
$10.27. That's how much change he should have gotten.
This former History and Political Science major implores you to find just one child and to teach her how to make change.
For that matter, tell us - what else is it imperative we teach our children? The difference between laid and lain? When to use "me" versus "I"? How to read an analog clock, versus a digital clock? The seven continents (yes, I know there is discrepancy as to whether there are actually 5, 6, 0r 7 continents)?
Tell us. Our nation's standing depends on it.
Signing off until tomorrow...