I'll start with the end:
I'm about to go purchase a filofax, which, if you're taking the SAT this year, I'm sure you have no idea what I'm even talking about. And no, I'm not a technophobe; I've even been called an "early adopter."
But I can't survive another day like yesterday; I know I won't make it. Technology nearly (not quite) brought me to my knees.
It was an email after the 6 hours of still unresolved technology issues that finally did me in.
Some unsolicited advice from the same tutor who told me last time that students such as her "younger self" don't want even want to be in classes with people who can't answer these SAT math problems. "They're so basic," she said.
Her follow up email to me last night made that one look like it was written by Miss Manners.
You need to choose whether you want to admit that you are ignorant about math and did not receive a proper education or whether you are simply stupid. You seem to be choosing willfully stupid route, which is too bad. You do yourself a disservice in that you do not learn, and you also set a bad example for others.
(Does she talk to her students this way?)
I want to point out that I am not being "willfully stupid," nor am I "simply stupid."
However, I may not have received a proper education. That part could be true. And then add to my improper education about 30 years since my last math class, and voila, you have me.
Which brings me back to my improper math education:
If you want to know how my math education may have gone so awry, read this article by Barry Garelick in Education News: The Myth About Traditional Math Education.
Given that I am above the 60th percentile with my math score, I'm clearly not alone with my math improperness.
He traces the issue back to the 40's, 50's and 60's, and discusses the changes in textbooks.
"The education establishment continues to advance faddish techniques such as a group of collaborative learning, inquiry-based and problem-based learning, while it pays lip service to traditional approaches, calling it a balanced approach."
The whole article is well worth the read if your'e interested in math and education.
Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis