# Does anyone here know how to use a ruler?

@kgwat70 (13396)
United States
December 15, 2006 9:16pm CST
I am amazed how many adults here that I know who do not how to use a ruler for measuring things. Do you know how to use a ruler? Did you learn how to use one when you were in school?
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
17 Dec 06
Yeah, I learned to use a rule back in pre-school. I can't believe some people don't know how to use a ruler. Isn't it taught in schools anymore? I think that's something.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I thought it was taught in school as well or just people never use them and totally forgot how to use one. It is amazing that so many adults here do not know how to use a ruler.
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
16 Dec 06
Yes, I know how to use a ruler. I think we learned that in Kindergarten. You know what else I find thats sad. Many people can't tell time on a regular clock with hands. They need a digital one. I think people are just getting lazy.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
16 Dec 06
You are right about that as well. It is crazy that people do not know how to read the hands on a clock. I do believe as well that people have gotten very lazy over the years due to the technology.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
16 Dec 06
Well, I do know how to use a ruler and I too now adults that do not. And they do not seem to understand the fractions. My daughter was learning last year how to read a ruler and just didn't understand the way the teacher was explaining. So we had to have what my kids have called, "Mommy teaching time". I know my kids better and know how to talk to each child to facilitate their understanding. Once I explained that the ruler was broken down into 16 pieces, you count those pieces and put the number over 16....THEn reduce the fraction to the smallest...there you go! You have an inch and a 1/4! My daughter was amazed at how easy it was!:)
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
16 Dec 06
You are right that many people do not understand or know how to do fractions as well as using a ruler. I know that I did not use a ruler very much after leaving school but I still remembered how to use it. That is great that you were able to teach your daughter fractions and how to use a ruler.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
16 Dec 06
Yes, we learned in school, but it seems kinda self-evident to me.
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