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  • Jon

    December 7, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Hey @amanda-thompson and @courtney-madora 

    I’m usually pretty honest with my students. Most of them will never solve quadratic equations every again outside of formal education. I stress that mathematics teaches us to become logical problem solvers. We learn about new ways of solving problems, we learn new skills to solve problems with and then we solve problems using those skills. That itself is a skill that you will use everyday for the rest of your life. 

    If you get any job, most likely you’ll have to learn new skills and then be required to solve problems with those new skills. Situations in your life will arise that are complex and you’ll be thankful that you worked out logical solutions to address those issues. Other classes in high school don’t teach that logic. It’s math class that trains our brains to grow and think logically and creatively.