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Vent #1

Yesterday I heard two different teachers say, in front of the kids: “I never got math”.

When did this become acceptable for anyone, let alone an educator, to say?

I think it would be just as unconscionable to claim, as a math teacher, that spelling and grammar are not only not worth studying, but impossible to comprehend.

No wonder our job is impossible.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Benjamin Baxter | March 6, 2008 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I hate that. It’s like incompetence is something to brag about —- not the attitude our students need.

  2. Alane | March 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    You’re so right. What if we went around saying, “I never was much good at reading. I just never could get the whole language thing.”
    I’ve also heard parents say in front of their kids, “I was never good at math, so it won’t surprise me if he’s not either. We’re just glad if he passes.” Arrrrrgh!!!!

  3. JackieB | March 6, 2008 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I hear this all too often. Especially when I call parents regarding failing students. “Math is hard”. It is a built in excuse.