I’m not sure if I’m depressed or overjoyed. Depressed for America’s failing education system. Overjoyed that I have some serious job security. After all, you need to divide and multiply in my job. Even use percentages!
I have a wild idea (totally out in left field here) that it may partially be to blame on New Math. It was a failure and may have made that generation dislike math to the extent that their children do not get the sort of support during grade school and high school that is needed to instill a thorough understanding of basic concepts.
Just a theory.