Most of us have been out of high school for some time now, so it’s been awhile since we’ve taken a math quiz. Not that we in the United States are known for our mathematical skills, most people are unable to solve this simple math equation.

The education system’s idea of educating is forcing children to retain mathematical algorithms as a memory and remember how to do it throughout life. The United States is now number 35 in mathematics. Many people struggle with math and sometimes the most difficult mathematics to complete are the simplest ones. I have never been a math whiz, but I always excelled in English. It usually seems to be one or the other, and I’m sure it correlates to the left side/right sided brain idea.

The education system is in dire need of reform, nonetheless. Students are being taught the same way they were 150 years ago. Sitting in rows, reciting things over and over again, and then taking a test. It does nothing but evaluates your memory skills, if that. It is stressful on children too. The world is forever changing, and the amount of change we have experienced in the last 150 years is extensive – so why are children still being taught the same way? If you can solve this math problem, you are considered to be a math whiz. The majority of people have massive trouble solving this simple equation, Can you do it?