### Shameless Bragging

I showed the kids some Tom Lehrer videos today - they were lots of fun. In particular, they enjoyed "New Math." Not only were they completely able to understand the math while it was going on (in base 10 and base 8), when he explained how they "used to do it," Emmett said, "What's going on when they are taking three from two and then carrying the one? Wait - that's like clock math but with 10, right?" (clock math = modular arithmetic) Looks to me like the "new math" (when defined as "understanding how numbers work") is working out just fine.