Comments: Math Irritants

as a math teacher, i'm going to have nightmares tonight. i'm teaching algebra ii this year, at a school without any regular/honours distinctions, but regardless, i wouldn't be able to live with myself, as myself, if i didn't teach them everything i could!

thanks for all you do to pick up the slack of the slackers, bou; you are my hero.

Posted by amelie at August 24, 2010 10:32 PM

Amelie- Crap, I didn't know this was posted. I thought I had it in draft and it was just a rant I wrote a couple nights ago!

I'm so angry at what happened to this girl. I think she's going to drop into kiddy stats now, which is fine, because I don't know if I can pull her through. Its going to become a quality of life issue. She's going to have to devote ALL her time to living in his office hours, doing homework, working with me... everything else will take a backseat.

And I told her, for her to switch to the kiddy stats is not a reflection on her. She can still do what she wants to do in life... she'll just start with college algebra in HS, which is why they call it... college algebra! Still, there is ego involved. It's crushing and I feel horribly for her. Makes me sick, it does.

Posted by Bou at August 25, 2010 05:43 AM

I learned "math" on paper and a "Slide Rule" my father gifted me. The American ,current education system, is in dire trouble. The roots are dying.

Posted by Yabu at August 25, 2010 09:18 AM

Math education just seems to me to be all over the place. I have seen 8th graders working on problems involving exponents and roots. Then I see kids who are in a similar situation to what your friend is. The title of the class should mean something, but often it doesn't really give an indication of a student's knowledge level.

Posted by PeggyU at August 25, 2010 12:12 PM

Sadly there are far too many bad math teachers. They don't have the first clue what they are doing in math and then they try to teach it. I think my kids hit all the bad ones in the state. We never caught one break with a good math teacher - not one! I nearly stroked when I saw how they were teaching fractions. It was the most convoluted mess you've ever seen. Why? Because the teacher didn't understand it. Period.

I'm really sorry about that girl. And all the others who got substandard educations because the teacher didn't do the right thing. *sigh*

Posted by Teresa at August 25, 2010 02:27 PM

no, bou, i'm glad you posted it! it gives me more focus to be the best math teacher i can possibly be, given the way some of the others teach...

Posted by amelie at August 25, 2010 04:08 PM

I am shocked about this. I grew up in a small town in farm country and we had all that stuff in Algebra I - even the FFA kids had that in 9th grade. WTF are they teaching these days.

I saw a yearbook on line for a school I knew had no kind of reputation. The math teachers were all coaches. Every one of them. I know some coaches can teach math. Not many of them.

Posted by dick at August 25, 2010 10:33 PM