Kimmie's post on her students' ability to count came to mind this weekend.
I was at the library, and I owed $1.80 in fines. (I know....I'm bad.) I had a ten. The young lady at the counter was perplexed. Her eyebrows wrinkled, and she called someone over. What to do? There was no calculator. "The change would be $8.20," I said. The young man who came to help her was surely her knight in shining armor. Not to worry, he said. There is a calculator on Windows! They waited while the calculator loaded. The older woman behind me was perplexed, too. "The change is $8.20. You count it out from the $1.80. .....Like this." She demonstrated. A true prof in the making. The two young people looked at both of us apologetically. "We need to just see it, from a calculator. Haha! We were not math majors in college!" They invited us, me and the woman behind me, to share in the humor.
I asked her what her major was. "History!" she said brightly. "I graduated last May and I'm still looking for a job."