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There is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity, that communal bath where the hairy and slippery mix in a multiplication of mediocrity.
Vladimir Nabokov
Activity
Bath
Communal
Group
Hairy
Loathe
Mediocrity
Mix
More
Multiplication
Nothing
Slippery
Than
Where
World
Warwick Castle, built of the very centuries, cannot be expected to alter with time's 'brief hours and weeks'  at least, with so few of them as fall to one poor mortal's lot. From visit to visit, I find it as unchanged as the multiplication table.
Katharine Lee Bates
Alter
Brief
Built
Cannot
Castle
Centuries
Expected
Fall
Few
Find
Hours
Lot
Mortal
Multiplication
Poor
Table
Them
Time
Unchanged
Very
Visit
Weeks
What makes this story so remarkable is that throughout my early childhood I had ongoing learning difficulties, particularly in mathematics. I struggled to learn the multiplication table, and no matter how hard I tried, I simply couldn't remember 6 times 7 or 7 times 8.
Andrew Lo
Childhood
Difficulties
Early
Early Childhood
Had
Hard
How
I Tried
Learn
Learning
Makes
Mathematics
Matter
Multiplication
Ongoing
Particularly
Remarkable
Remember
Simply
Story
Struggled
Table
Throughout
Times
Tried
My youngest sister, Cindy, has Down syndrome, and I remember my mother spending hours and hours with her, teaching her to tie her shoelaces on her own, drilling multiplication tables with Cindy, practicing piano every day with her. No one expected Cindy to get a Ph.D.! But my mom wanted her to be the best she could be, within her limits.
Amy Chua
Best
Cindy
Could
Day
Down
Drilling
Every
Every Day
Expected
Get
Her
Hours
I Remember
Limits
Mom
Mother
Multiplication
Own
Piano
Practicing
Remember
She
Sister
Spending
Syndrome
Tables
Teaching
Tie
Wanted
Within
Youngest
Most fourth graders can't say why Abraham Lincoln is an important historical figure? Wow. This is far more distressing than if the news had been that fourth graders were bad at reciting multiplication tables, because you can, in fact, Google that.
Susan Orlean
Abraham
Abraham Lincoln
Bad
Because
Been
Distressing
Fact
Far
Figure
Fourth
Google
Had
Historical
Important
In Fact
Lincoln
More
Most
Multiplication
News
Reciting
Say
Tables
Than
Were
Why
Wow
You
My sister taught me addition and subtraction and multiplication and division, so by the time I got to school, I knew it all, and when we'd do the times tables, I was just focused on doing it faster than anybody else. I already had the information, so it just got me to focus on excellence.
Pardis Sabeti
Addition
Anybody
By The Time
Division
Doing
Else
Excellence
Faster
Focus
Focused
Got
Had
Information
Just
Knew
Me
Multiplication
School
Sister
Tables
Taught
Than
Time
Times
For any reporter, education is a topic where everything else  money, politics, et cetera  intersects. I have four kids in K through 12, so I'm kneedeep in it. I'm really interested in the philosophy behind it all. Should you just memorize your multiplication tables, or should you understand the concept behind them?
Soledad O'Brien
Any
Behind
Concept
Education
Else
Everything
Four
Interested
Just
Kids
Memorize
Money
Multiplication
Philosophy
Politics
Really
Reporter
Should
Tables
Them
Through
Topic
Understand
Where
You
Your
What is fanaticism today is the fashionable creed tomorrow, and trite as the multiplication table a week after.
Wendell Phillips
After
Creed
Fanaticism
Fashionable
Multiplication
Table
Today
Tomorrow
Trite
Week
Civilization consists in the multiplication and refinement of human wants.
Robert Andrews Millikan
Civilization
Consists
Human
Multiplication
Refinement
Wants
Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
Mark Twain
Civilization
Limitless
Multiplication
Necessities
Unnecessary