In a message dated 95-11-20 14:03:29 EST, firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrei TOOM) writes:
>The trouble with this is frankly that lots of these real-world >(or "real-world" - I don't think it makes much difference!) problems, >are, frankly, BORING. As Pat Ballew says, no student is actually >interested in problems about defective light-bulbs, even though one or two of >the people who make light-bulbs might be very interested in the answers. > >
This is true. Students can be turned on by interesting problems, but virtually none care if the problem has real world applications. To a 16 year old, the real world is getting a date, not defective light bulbs.