Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

September 10, 2013

What kind of math-illiterate kids are we raising?


Greensburg Daily News

---- — Dear Editor:

I visited a local Rushville store last week.

As my purchases were small, I decided to use cash rather than the usual check.

My small total came to $4.77. Having accumulated a lot of pocket change, I elected to pay the 77 cents in small change.

I duly laid out on the check-out counter the following: Two quarters, two nickels, one dime and seven pennies. (As well as four one dollar bills, of course.)

The young woman check-out person kept pointing at the various coins I had laid out, obviously attempting to verify that I had indeed presented the required 77 cents. I noticed a blank look in her eyes.

I gently asked her, “Do you have trouble counting?”

She replied, “Yes, I feel like my head is just full of cotton. It’s been a long day.”

I thought, but didn’t say, “Well, hon, you wouldn’t have been capable of counting money when your day started, either.”

This is undoubtedly a low-paying job, but one must still wonder what kind of hiring tests are given by this local and important business.

Sometimes I worry about things and stuff.

Best regards,

Norm Voiles

Rushville