On Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:45:25 -0600, <email@example.com> wrote:
> The teacher may have been placed in that classroom through no fault of > her own. I find the notion that bright students can be easily stymied by > teachers to be most curious. Texts typically have end of chapter > exercises that hopefully elicit solutions of the student's making. I > would presume that a better suited teacher would encourage such > deviations from any answer key.
"Stymied"? Probably not. But what about "misdirected"? She, and her predecessors, taught me that mathematics is something that it is not. I had to unlearn that. It was left to me to figure out what mathematics is and that I do, indeed, like it. It's something I've never forgiven her for. And never will.
In that classroom through no fault of her own? Possibly. Her undergraduate degree was in history, with a minor in mathematics. And she did teach a good deal of history. But she was one of the oldest members of the faculty, the senior mathematics teacher in my high school, as close to being chair of the math department as could be, given the way the school was organized. I suspect that that didn't happen through no fault of her own.
- --Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State University of Denver