Tragicomic: Adults try 5th-grade math. Recover with Love and Math.
Are you smarter than a 5th grader?
No, apparently you probably aren’t, at least not when it comes to basic math.
On the other hand, adults have jobs and paychecks and can buy smartphones with calculators in them so maybe we get the last laugh because although there’s probably a good case for learning it in 5th grade, long division and adding fractions is an extremely illogical skill to carry into your adult life. I took ten years of college between undergrad and grad school, and I did long division precisely zero times ever.
Albert Einstein once said of the memorization of physical constants: “[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books.” That.
This is still really tragicomic, though. Because if you look at it as a metaphor for knowledge and retention of education in general, you start to weep a little as you laugh.
I did get these right though, I promise :)