Qualifications first: I am not a student, I am 43 years old, I was educated not in Canada, but in India. So, these will cloud my reply
I find that at least at high school levels in North America (both USA and Canada), maths skills seems to be non-existent, judging purely by the arithmentic skills of check-out clerks at grocery stores (or any other store).
(BTW in the commonwealth countries we abbreviate Mathematics to Maths, not Math)
I wonder if it has anything to do with a similar lack of English skills, especially with relation to the total lack of grammar or spelling skills. I have heard that teachers no longer correct spelling or grammar "in the interest of cultivating creativity". Bollocks I say. Maybe the same thing is happening with Maths?
Teachers, would you kindly comment and tell me I am full of shit and a reasonable justification of why you consider me so?