Homework Follies

“How did you multiply this times 2.5 and get this?” I ask.

Boy doing math problems

He looks at the problem for a while.

“I multiplied it a different way,” he says.

 

ME: Shouldn’t this answer be 41 instead of 71?

HIM: No, Alex.

ME: Why are you calling me Alex?

HIM: What is “no”?

 

He’s reading a word problem aloud:

“Maggie was traveling with her family on the Oregon Trail. The first day, they traveled 11 miles, the second day they traveled 9 miles, and the third day they traveled 14 miles.”

Pause.

“Now that was a good story!”

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