Here’s What You Don’t Get to Do

I started last Monday’s Precalculus II class with this little speech(edited).

“Here’s what you don’t get to do.  When you have children, you don’t get to say, “I was bad at math.”  Because you are good at math.  You could be better at math.  You know how. Just work harder. Many people like to ‘brag’ that they are bad at math.  Don’t do that to your kids.  Don’t give them any excuses.  You are good at math.  I know.  I grade your work and answer your good questions.”


About jrh794

I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.
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