~“Wounds that never heal”~

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 09:36 AM.

“What if you were 8, 9 or 10 years old?” I asked them.  “Would you think it was fair then?”

The class again looked at me like I had a horn sticking out of my forehead.

“What if you put all of your effort, all of your heart into a race and after you finished with the second best time, they awarded the Second Place Trophy to the runner who came in sixth?”

At this point, a couple of the students started fidgeting in their seats and got that, “How do I drop this class?” look on their faces.

I’ve ranted about it before, I will rant about it again, and I will rant about it on my death bed.  If I don’t, please remind me; it will give me reason to live.

Needing to lose a couple of students because of space in my classroom, I thought seriously about continuing my sermon without explanation.

I did not; I let them off the hook.  Math causes anxiety in some folks; I didn’t want to add to their fears.  It is always nice to feel that folks agree with you.



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