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VAUNTED FINNISH SCHOOLS FIELDING BELOW PAR MATH STUDENTS, 2/3 OF 9TH GRADERS UNABLE TO CALCULATE PERCENTAGES……

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Study: Two-thirds of ninth graders unable to calculate percentages

A new study has found that two out of three ninth graders in Finland are unable to figure out percentages. Only half of the students were able to perform mental arithmetic at “acceptable levels.”

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According to a study by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, two-thirds of ninth graders were unable to calculate everyday math problems like price reduction percentages.

The study involved quizzing students with math problems like: “If an item originally costs 50 euros and you get a 30 percent discount, how much will the item cost?” the education centre’s evaluation expert Sami Julin explained.

“They can’t figure out the discounted price,” he said, adding that problem solving and mental arithmetic were not problem-free areas for many students.

YLE

2 Responses

  1. Anyone who can’t work this problem out in five seconds should sue the educational institution where he was enrolled in primary school.

    1. Just kidding of course but it does reflect a fundamental failure to provide the tools that are required in an adult world.

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