Long division was taught in the 3rd grade, in the New York public schools, and we did some algebra in the 6th grade. That was in the 1973-75, when the last of the old time teachers and methods were still present. The decline in what was once an excellent public education system did not, alas, begin with President Obama. Like our other institutions, it has been under attack by the left for a long time. Interestingly, the Catholic system still uses traditional methods and gets far better results than the public system, at about half the cost per student. Many private and other religious schools do likewise, although not at half the cost.