Quote of the Day: Remedial Math

From a math instructor in the California State University system, after one of his remedial students suggested she might have a mathematics learning disability:

“You very well might have a math learning disability. Such disabilities are prevalent and very real, but in your case, I think there might be stronger indicators at play here. Your attendance thus far is 50%, so you might have a showing up disability. You have turned in 30% of the homework thus far, so you might have a doing your homework disability. While I don’t discourage you from getting tested for a math disability, I urge you not to discount those other two factors.” Because of that comment, I never taught remedial math again.

Who knows? Maybe this guy is just a prick. But don’t tell me you didn’t laugh at this.


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