The Matters Cartoon

I know the following cartoon has already made the rounds on many forms of social media.  I just saw it last night on Facebook.  It is hilarious!  To me, at least…

Dark Matter - Antimatter - Doesnt Matter

At the same time, I believe too many of my students contradict the professor’s claim in the caption.  “Doesn’t matter” wields tremendous power over them when it comes to their learning outcomes.  I believe they activate “doesn’t matter” as a shield to protect their sense of self-worth from the horribly destructive feelings of shame, frustration, and anger when they repeatedly fall short of what is expected of them academically, whether the expectation originates from their parents, teachers, or perhaps in the past from themselves.  I believe these feelings and the need to preserve one’s self-esteem are not considered enough in the discussions and research in education whether related to learning outcomes, academic potential, the “achievement gap,” or other areas.

Just saying…

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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