We have all, at some point in our many years of schooling, struggled through the drudgery of page after page filled with fractions, dull equations or word problems featuring “Johnny” and what happens if he starts with 35 apples and shares 1/3 of them with 2 friends then eats the rest. Aside from the stomach-ache Johnny is likely to have after this exercise; we are told that these arithmetic essentials will somehow prove useful later in life, although that does not make them any more enjoyable at the time.

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