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U.S. students are being taught to memorize math formulas, instead of understanding them, which has led to confusion about what the equal sign means, a new study says.

Researchers at Texas A&M University say about 70% of students in Grade 6 in the U.S. "exhibit misconceptions" about the equal sign, while "nearly none of the international students in Korea and China" have this problem.

Co-author of the study, Robert Capraro, gives an example of the math equation: 4+3+2=( )+2.

U.S. students are being taught to memorize math formulas, instead of understanding them, which has led to confusion about what the equal sign means, a new study says.

Researchers at Texas A&M University say about 70% of students in Grade 6 in the U.S. "exhibit misconceptions" about the equal sign, while "nearly none of the international students in Korea and China" have this problem.

Co-author of the study, Robert Capraro, gives an example of the math equation: 4+3+2=( )+2.

One of the authors of the study explains the phenomenon in this video.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2010/08/10/14978931.html