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Dan Billings wrote:

>(By the way, I don't understand why our schools 
>would teach kids on a system that they are not 
>likely to encounter in the work place.)

Probably for the same reason(s) schools don't teach
things that kids _will_ encounter in real life e.g. making 
change, balancing a checkbook, cooking from scratch, 
editing a phone-bit, hitting the post, splice-finding a cart, etc.

Roger Kirk