Admittedly, I have never been very good at math.  But I do seem to remember that you solve the equation in the parentheses first, then go back and solve the problem as a whole from left to right.  If this is the correct way, then the answer is 16.  If you don't do that, then the answer is 1.

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There is a huge debate going around about this.  And supposed math gurus are not agreeing on it... here is the problem:

Click the link and see all the people arguing, or just go with this....

8 divided by 2 (2+2)=?

What do you come up with?