Chris Correa points to a 60-second lecture at the University of Pennsylvania in which the professor says that we should drop the teaching of fractions in elementary schools. His argument is that in the digital age, fractions are "as obsolete as Roman numerals", in addition to being confusing for young children.
For the most part, I actually agree with this guy. Kids still need to understand the concept of basic fractions – halves, quarters, thirds. But why does anyone need the ability to do page after page of computations with fractions? Other than the fact "it’s on the test". The time could be better spent learning any number of other important mathematical concepts. I know, I know – you need fractions to cook or build stuff. However, maybe, just maybe, using fractions should be something you learn when you actually need to use it.