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Why study beyond the basics?

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From: Mark
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Dec 01, 2007 at 18:50:41
Subject: Why study beyond the basics?

I have many students who find no use for math. I have tried showing them real-life applications of many topics, but very few consider my examples worthwhile. Find the area of a room to put in flooring is brushed off because, "I can just get someone to install it for me." Figuring out the discount on a purchase, "The cash register will figure it out, and if I don't have enough, I will tell them to put it on the shelf." Being able to effectively estimate or even perform one and two digit arithmetic in your head, "I have a calculator." Everything has an easy answer back, "I don't need math." If basic arithmetic is believed to be pointless, how is one supposed to teach graphing, algebra, or any other concept?

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