I know I am about to come across as a crabby old curmudgeon, but did you know they are no longer teaching Roman Numerals in school?
Meg has been taking piano lessons for two years and as we were learning cords during a lesson, she became confused by the cord names being "V" or "IV" or "V7".
"Don't worry." I assured her. "You'll learn Roman Numerals in school soon."
"No they won't." her youngish teacher said.
And it's true. I asked! They no longer teacher Roman Numerals as part of the standard math curriculum. I was stunned!
I clearly remember the Roman Numerals Unit in Grade Six mathematics. Do you know why I remember it so clearly? Cause it was really freaking boring and really, really freaking easy. I think it's the last time I remember understanding math so easily. Our teacher, Mr Young, handed us each a run of the mill spiral notebook and pulled down a dusty chart. It was so easy that I fell asleep halfway through and still understood it when I woke up. I aced the end of unit test in that sucker.
John doesn't understand why I'm so perturbed by it all. He challenged me to come up with five ways I use Roman Numerals on a regular basis. I immediately gave him the following:
- I can tell you the copyright date on any movie thanks to Mr Young and his pull down chart of Roman Numeral greatness.
- If we drive by the Canadian Parliament buildings, I can tell you what time it is based solely on the Roman Numerals and not just memory of where the 12, 3, 6 and 9 are on a clock's face.
- Is it really romantic to refer to Louis XIV as Louis The Fourteenth or Queen Elizabeth II as Queen Elizabeth The Second? No. Didn't think so.
- It's WWI and WWII, not WW1 and WW2. Right?
- How else do you know you're in the prologue of a book? Books start at page one. Prologues start at I, II, III, IV and so on.
Okay, there's a possibility I googled some of those, but still, what is the world coming to? Kids needs to know this stuff and not just so they know what button to push in a foreign toilet!
Stay tuned. Next I'll be writing about my tax bill and how kids are dressing these days.