Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Zeroes Matter 

Congress and President Bush appear to have settled on a budget. How many months did Congress stall on this basic need of our citizens? Oh, well. I have another point to make.

Many of our youth have very little concept of numbers. As stated early on, I give my college students a 50-fact multiplication test (50 seconds) to attempt to drive home the phenomenal processing speeds of computers.

Related to little exercise is a requirement that all numbers on papers include the zeroes. For example, gross sales of $46.5 billion is not allowed; it must be shown as $46,500,000,000.

Back to the US budget. A $3.1 trillion dollar budget has little impact but $3,100,000,000,000, that's another story. Maybe elected officials just might become more responsible with our money if they realized just how much of it they spend.

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