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Grand Avenue by Mike Thompson for October 22, 2019

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    jpayne4040  4 months ago

    I must say, she has a fair point.

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    Nighthawks Premium Member 4 months ago

    and also, at the start of movies, when they show what year the movie was made, with a knowledge of Roman Numerals you can read it

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    MichaelHelwig  4 months ago

    Gabby wins the day.

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    DM2860  4 months ago

    Our grade schools have stopped trying to prepare kids for life but rather for college so college is driving your education.

    If they were trying to prep a kid for life, there would be more focus on history and how decisions and actions affected later outcomes as well s Home Economics (which taught how to manage money and other life skills as well as some career skills) and Shop (which taught us how to fix things and some skills useful for many careers)

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    erin.adamic  4 months ago

    So many good points made in this comic …

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    edreajr  4 months ago

    Roman numerals are used to add “class” to something. “Super Bowl LIII” is certainly much classier sounding than “Super Bowl 53.”

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    zmech13 Premium Member 4 months ago

    Roman numerals and how to read an analog clock with hands are two things every kid should STILL be taught in school these days. Because you never know when you will need to know one or even both of them at the same time.

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    TimeToGo  4 months ago

    Roman numerals are also used on buildings, movies, clocks and trivia games.

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    STACEY MARSHALL Premium Member 4 months ago

    My theory is that Roman numerals had a lot to do with the fall of Rome. It made the math too difficult for the military. If you had MMMMM soldiers going on an XC day campaign against the barbarian hordes and all those Persian cats, and had to provide III meals a day, how many meals a day would that be? And how many stones would it weigh? And how many dinera would it cost, and how many carts and oxen to carry it all? In the meantime, while the Romans were trying to figure all this out, the barbarian hordes swooped in and ate everything anyway.

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    Russell Bedford  4 months ago

    do away with them, it makes it impossible to know what year the movie was made.

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    gcarlson  4 months ago

    “I!” “II!” “III!” “IV!” – Roman soldiers counting off by fours, per the Goon Show or some such I heard about once

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    eddi_tbh  4 months ago

    They are kind of a leftover at this point. I remember getting a bit of Mayan and Sumerian numbers as well. More of a history lesson of early math than the idea of actually using them. Now, if asked properly, most Americans will agree to ban teaching Arabic numbers in school.

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    foreignangel  4 months ago

    As a music teacher, I appreciate that he’s teaching them. I usually have to give a crash course in roman numerals in lessons because we use them in music notation.

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