What drill and rote learning have to do with confidence

I remember drilling times tables up to 12. I also remember my first practical test with using this knowledge: at the store mentally calculating if, after applying the 7.25% NY Sales tax, I still could get the coveted toy. To suggest that kids don’t need such a skill anymore seems naive. In addition to practical benefits of knowing one’s times table, there is increase in mental acuity in being able to quickly access such info.

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