Tuesday, November 08, 2005
another leader of the 21st century
On our trip to California we stopped in Twenty Nine Palms at a McDonald's to buy some cokes. The cokes cost 3.00 and I handed the young man behind the counter a 20.00 bill. I heard him say "uh, oh". I looked at the cash register and it displayed: "No Change 00.00". The boy started counting on his fingers and after a moment I said, "seventeen". He counted out the money and hesitated before giving it to me as if I may have tried to fool him into giving more change than what was due. With the millions of dollars being poured into education why can't these kids do simple arithmetic or read? I think we need a back to basics program. Have the three R's been forgotten?