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"They fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher - not lower - than -8 but I'm not having it"
but they're also kind of stupid.
they're entirely wrong!
but I wouldn't have gone to the bloody press about it as I would have realised about 5 seconds later. It is kind of needlessly "complex" though. It's a scratch card for British people and we're all bloody thick.
I hope it was transcribed as said, because if so she was actually offended by the notion of how negative numbers work. (And if she is, someone needs to enrol her as a Juggalo)
Not least because, having been told she's wrong, she still thought it wise to go to the press and announce her ignorance. Some lolsome comments there as well...
Try and work out a way of making money out of thick people with gambling habits.
I've got whole classes of 15 year-olds who still don't get negative numbers...the real miracle is that Tina Farrell managed to successfully find the shop and pay the correct money for the card!
Typical maths question the kids can't get -
The temperature drops from 8 degrees to -3 degrees overnight.
How much did the temperature drop by?
Standard answer is '5 degrees innit'
I'm overdrawn by £150 and spend a further £50.
What is my new bank balance?
Standard answer is '£100'. Any they meant £100 not £100 overdrawn just to make it worse...
And it appears that she's clearly wrong.
Or is it so clear? She won't be able to explain why, if there is wiggle room. But there might be some (but I massively doubt it). But using words like bigger or smaller when you're dealing with positive and negative numbers isn't as clear cut as it appears.
Hotter/warmer or colder/cooler temperature? Yup. Fine. Greater/larger number? Not so obvious, but still pretty clear cut if we're being completely honest. Temperature of greater or larger magnitude? Completely ambiguous. And completely unlikely that that was the wording on the scratchcard, too.
But that's what this woman is getting mixed up about innit. Not a particularly complex concept to nail, but these things can pass you by if you don't really have to use them on a day to day basis and/or give a shit about exams.
And the woman clearly hasn't nailed it in this case. Neither have the 15 yo kids in badgertastic's class. I wonder if they're been shown a physical model of a thermometer where you ratchet down from +8 down through 0 and on toward -3? That makes it a fuckload more obvious than trying to remember rules like minusing a minus means adding, and soforth, without actually realising exactly why that's so.
They then get it. 'It's easy!' they say. Take the model thermometer away and ask another question - back to the wrongness. Give them their own to use for questions - 50% accuracy for answers!
Seriously, though, that must test your patience to the limit. Congratulations for not letting it drive you to insanity/giving up.
Continuing to teach may well be a symptom.
sure run the story, but I mean; she's so stupid and is making such a twat of herself, I'd stop before running it and think "maybe we should make this anonymous" just to spare her the intense mockery forever.