Has your capacity to eyeball the distance of six feet, two metres or one hockey stick sharpened since the pandemic started due to social distancing signs? If you think so, perhaps like me, you’ll need to break out the measuring tape. Today in The Conversation Canada,  Egan J. Chernoff of the University of Saskatchewan,  professor of mathematics education, takes issue with common social distancing signs in Canada.

He highlights a problem with flagrant disregard of the metric system, which Canada embraced between 1970 and the mid 1980s. But what’s really got his number is “flippant, dismissive conversion from the imperial to the metric system of measurement.” If you think this is of zero concern, he’ll point you to the social and democratic consequences of lacking a basic grasp of math.

He writes: “During these trying times, we should not be fostering innumeracy.”

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Susannah Schmidt

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Why haven’t people gotten upset about how our social distancing signs are fostering innumeracy?

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Mark Griffiths, Nottingham Trent University

Le « binge-watching » peut devenir problématique. Il est associé à l’anxiété et à la dépression.



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