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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Purpose of studying algebra

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From: Patricia Holtke

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2004020515:17:39
Subject: Re: Re: Purpose of studying algebra

Your response to a student questioning algebra was not only harsh and
arrogant, it was totally unneccessary.  Students question the reason
behind learning algebra because it does not have an obvious connection
to everyday life.  It is a difficult subject for many students, and if
you are not by nature a "math" person, it appears very intimidating
and bizarre.  It's too bad that there are teachers who have chosen to
teach, yet have not one iota of patience when a student asks the
simple question, "why do we need to learn this?"  Get off your

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