As I calculated my son's ALEKS time this morning, it got me thinking....
Since it takes 10,000 to become skilled at something (Gladwell) so for a FT working adult (40 hrs week * 50 weeks), that's about 5 years. OTOH, kids in school preK-12 spend ~88 hours per year on math. At that rate, it takes them 113 years.
traditional math schedule 176 days/year, 55 minute sessions for prek-12 is about 1800 hours at graduation. REVISED: 1100 hours ...oops, that's grim!
you could do just 18 minutes of math every day of your life (practical application as well as formal pencil/paper), from age 1 to age 17 and you'd have EQUAL contact hours. 1800
So to hit the 10,000 hour mark by end of high school, you need closer to 555 hours per YEAR up until graduation. That's roughly 1.5 hours per day, every day or 3 hours per school day.
(I'd propose that this is why homeschooled kids don't do as much math formally but test equally/better, their homelife is a bit more edu-focused lending to more exposure on a daily basis)
So, is anyone really not "good" at math, or have we simply not put in the face time?