New Math

I’m forever surprised by the strength of imprints. Despite overwhelming evidence that says otherwise, sugary breakfast cereals never feel unhealthy. This bias makes us hesitant to new ways of learning, doing, and thinking. Consider basic math.

I learned to add 156+249 like this:

“New math” suggests this method:

I struggled with math as a kid, but this “new math” resonates. Although it looks more complicated, the new approach is easier for mental math and ultimately more helpful.