by Selwyn Barron

Just today, 25 May 2021, at a supermarket I presented three boxes of eight bottles of soft drink. A sample bottle was scanned and then I asked the teenager checkout person how many bottles were there in three boxes of eight bottles. “Eight- sixteen—-” then had a discussion with two teenage colleagues — each blank and embarrassed. Momentarily I was shocked — then I was sad — then I was mad!  I assured them it was not their fault and that they had been sadly let down by New Zealand’s education system. What a damning indictment of the Ministry of Education.  What an example of child neglect!