Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

Heart of the City

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  1. dizzyspin

    dizzyspin said, over 4 years ago

    I occasionally ask people who have left school if they can remember how to do long division with a paper and pencil. Very, very few can. Can anyone here remember?

  2. wantobe

    wantobe said, over 4 years ago

    dizzyspin, seriously? What’s so hard about remembering how to do long division? I haven’t been in school in almost 30 years, and I remember how. Maybe it’s a generation thing.

  3. westcoastfan

    westcoastfan said, over 4 years ago


    50 years later, I definitely remember how to do long division! Not that I don’t normally use a calculator.


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  5. onetrack0246

    onetrack0246 said, over 4 years ago

    I can too. Have even helped grandkids…but I tell them you must learn all that new math….can’t help w/that.

  6. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 4 years ago

    “New Math?” It seems like every generation has “new math.” Just what the frizzle is so “new” about it?

  7. ottod

    ottod GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I can’t extract square roots.

  8. Violet Bay

    Violet Bay said, over 4 years ago

    Division? Fractions? Algebra? Trig? And the dreaded problem solving math questions? You keep it…

  9. pair8head

    pair8head said, over 4 years ago



  10. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 said, over 4 years ago

    There are a lot of fields of adult work, white and blue collar, where you really do need to know the principles of all those things, even if you don’t remember (or never got) the pencil-and-paper formalities. And putting on my curmudgeon hat, when I was in school they made you learn that stuff…the pocket calculator was one or two decades from being invented. :J

  11. Larry Sheldon

    Larry Sheldon said, over 4 years ago

    Not only can I remember, but I do it with some regularity. for five digits (total count) I probably do it in my head.

    What is that a big deal?

    I remember that learning was hard, but once I understood what was going on, it was easy. Tedious sometimes, but easy.

  12. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, over 4 years ago

    Computers do it somewhat similarly.

  13. Karenscomix

    Karenscomix GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Well, I haven’t actually tried for quite some time, and I graduated in 1956. But I just wrote down some numbers and gave it a try, and I can still do it.

  14. Godel Fishbreath

    Godel Fishbreath said, over 4 years ago

    Yes, but I went into the tech side not the english/social studies side.
    And If you know this stuff, you get to help your kids out with it.
    And long division is a prelude to something similar in Algebra.
    Math builds on math, and those who do not have the prior stuff will flunk HS.

  15. Tyrnn

    Tyrnn said, over 4 years ago

    Not only do I remember how to do Long Division, I remember the general idea of how to extract square roots through Liebnitz’s Theorem in my calculus class. I’m willing to guess that I’m an exception to the rule though… people younger than I don’t seem to care about bettering themselves as much as my generation or even the previous one’s.

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