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Portrait of Robert Stephen Briffault

Robert Stephen Briffault

1876–1948

English anthropologist

In Samoa, when elementary schools were first established, the natives developed an absolute craze for arithmetical calculations. They laid aside their weapons and were to be seen going about armed with slate and pencil, setting sums and problems to one another and to European visitors. The Honourable Frederick Walpole declares that his visit to the beautiful island was positively embittered by ceaseless multiplication and division.

TOPICS: teaching, learning, arithmetic, humor

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