Friday, August 22, 2008

Math Comes Up Short

The new requirement that 8th graders take Algebra 1 has schools scrambling for math teachers. I wonder if our cultural "girls think math is hard" bias gets us into this mess.

If I ever went into teaching, I'd love to be a math or science teacher. If for no other reason, being an algebra teacher would be great because it would probably cause an adverse reaction in my own algebra teacher who thought I was possibly one of the stupidest people ever.

1 comment:

sarahenicholson said...

In England, just being female and wanting to teach a science gets you £6k up front to train.

Knowing your subject is of secondary concern. It's a well known teachers' trick that all you have to do is keep one chapter ahead of your students. Can't fail.