I have taught secondary Math at every level for 17 years. Every Fall I freely admit to my students how essentially every formula I’m about to teach them will be useless in everyday life. Then I point out that a parking lot full of shiny, waxed cars was “essentially useless” when Daniel Larusso won the All-Valley tournament. If you’re going into a STEAM career, the concepts might come in handy, but even then they play a minor role. However, all that calculation is the most efficient means by which one becomes an expert in critical thinking, quantitative evaluation, comparative analysis, identification of valid/invalid arguments, etc. My classes are soon at ease and more willing to run with it, and we have a pretty good time working through what too often gets a bad rap as the most boring subject in school.
Well said. Participation IS effort. Get them excited to try and they’ll be less afraid of failure. Sure there are those who will learn the wrong lesson and come away with a sense of entitlement, but that was happening to straight white middle-class men long before the abundance of trophies came around for them to complain about.
Management work – especially middle management – is going obsolete.
Even if you’re not ready for a full electric, there are plenty of hybrids or plug-in hybrids available and they rarely idle. Even in non-hybrids, a lot of automakers are implementing idle-stop systems (a.k.a. “mild hybrids”), in which the engine stops when it’s not accelerating and then restarts seamlessly. The cylinder configurations that allow this to happen are a thing of beauty.
Here’s a hint – the losers will complain that the winners succeeded by unfair preparation and unusual good fortune.
Keep exploring and you’ll find some deep trauma, along with repressed memories of White Wilderness.
I’m a high school math teacher, and I regularly teach “critical thinking theory.” Whether we construct systems to analyze mechanics, natural phenomena, or the effect of laws, policies, and social norms, all can be interpreted with numerical functions. The better we understand the functions, the more clearly we can see the biases inevitably built into the constructs by their originators. Thus we also discuss ways to minimize those biases and build systems that not only correct the biases, but even work to restore the gaps left by their predecessors. And very frequently – at times by my design and others by spontaneous insight – someone will point out where they see racial bias, and our discussion will turn to how valid that claim is and how to correct for that particular occurrence. So I guess by extension I’m also proud to teach a bit of CRT.
Idol has had many country singers, among whom yodeling skills are not uncommon. In the years I when I still enjoyed the show, I recall at least a few demonstrating those skills on screen. What puzzles me, however, is why some folks have difficulty simply disliking something, opting instead to rail against it as if it were some unholy abomination. Conversely, they seem bewildered and insulted at the mere notion that what they love could possibly be disliked by others, inferring that there must be something seriously wrong with them.
If I ever get around to earning a doctorate, I won’t insist that my students call me “doctor.” But if I DO insist on an elevated title, “professor” matches my role much better.
When I bake a loaf, sometimes I like to slice an extra-thick piece, toast it to a golden brown, then slice that TOAST open to make a delicious pocketed sandwich. It’s crispy on the outside, but completely soft and warm in the middle.