A Minor Rant on the Plight of Public Education

Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

Something troubles me deeply.  To what extent are we, as teachers, solely to blame for students not understanding concepts, procedures, or topics?  Or are we one reason, albeit an important one, among a host of other factors that impact student learning to include the educational system, itself, and other environmental, social, economic, physical, psychological, emotional and intellectual influences?  The scientist, engineer, intellectual, and pragmatist in me believes it must be the latter; even the soft-hearted, compassionate soul in me who answered the call to teach believes so.  Furthermore, I believe that while our influence as a teacher is significant, in the classroom, and somewhat outside of the classroom, taken in its entirety, teacher influence plays a bit role for those who enter the classroom with significant difficulties:

  • bringing the necessary prerequisite knowledge, preparation, or understanding of earlier lessons with them, for a variety of reasons valid and not so valid;

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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