Friday, April 21, 2006

Secret Messages: Midterm Edition

To the Middle School math teachers who believe in the supremacy of problem solving and the minimization of memorization and who, as a result, don't require their students to memorize the formulas for the areas and volumes of the basic geometric shapes: Fast forward nearly 10 years and your students will flail helplessly on max/min and related rates problems. Can't find the area of a circle? Can't find the volume of a box? HEELLLLOOOOOO???? Thank goodness I no longer ask test questions involving cylinders, cones, pyramids, or spheres.

To the student who is still failing: Have you considered changing your major?