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It comes up in nearly every single math class. Somebody will ask their algebra teacher, in the throes of a lecture on solving quadratic equations or graphing lines, "when will I ever use this?" or "I'm going to be a [fill in the blank]--how will knowing this stuff help me?" I have a friend, recently departed from this life, who taught mathematics at a community college. He once posted on Facebook that his standard answer to such queries was that students were not in school to be trained, but to be educated. There is a difference. If you are in a technical school for a job consisting of specific tasks that don't require higher mathematics, then fine, you don't need to be taught Descartes' rule of signs or the Pythagorean theorem. Your choice, your loss. But odds are, you are not in public high school, or going to college, to be trained. You are seeking an education. You are looking to gain a foothold in the common intellect of civilized man. A significant... read more

Summer time! The season of fireworks, swimming, hamburgers on the grill!  One of my favorite scenes in the Pixar movie The Incredibles is when our favorite family of supers is about to land on the highway in a rocket-borne RV while still moving forward at sonic speed.  To ease the transition from air to ground, Bob Parr floors the gas pedal so the wheels will be already spinning when they hit the pavement.  Have your math skills got a little rusty in the pool water?  Have they cooled on the back burner? Or are you ready and raring to go?  Like it or not, the school year is approaching like the ground in that scene.  Please don't be one of the students who struggle to get back up to speed...hit the accelerator now!  Tutoring from a kind and knowledgeable tutor can bring things back to the forefront of your mind, and prepare the way ahead for future learning.  There are some awesome tutors on this website (present company included,... read more

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