>The usual trite crap: This is, in fact, the exact opposite of how most students experience math. Too often, math is an inscrutable recipe book, describing foods you?ve never sampled (and probably wouldn?t care to). You must follow each recipe to the letter, because you have no clue how the ingredients taste, or what will happen if you combine them in new ways. And when you finish cooking, you throw the meal in the garbage disposal, and begin again... >Wayne
I don't teach in Lake Wobegon; not all of my students are above average. Some of them think that it is coincidental that the distance formula and the Pythagorean Theorem both work to find distances on a grid.
It is for those students that I appreciated the post.