Wow. Just wow.

Wow. Just wow.:
Here is a recent classroom moment that totally captures the essence of how hard it is to teach math in my school and I’d venture to suspect that ours is not the only school in NYC like this. I will preface this by saying that it is a class comprised of kids who were incredibly frustrated or incredibly MIA in the algebra class from the first semester, so this is not representative of all of my students.

i have seen people in graduate school who can’t do algebra too… i wonder how they shop and make judgments about money. what must life be like for someone who cannot do basic arithmetic, who has the ability, but never learned.