From: Patricia Holtke
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
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 high-horse.
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