Looking out my Backdoor: The path math hath


Last updated 3/3/2023 at 11:25am

Back when the earth was still cooling, back when I was a student at Harlem High, algebra was a high school subject. Now they start the kids learning simple equations in pre-school. Or near enough.

Up until algebra, I’d made A’s in math. Our algebra teacher was an aerospace engineer the year the field was overbooked, clogged, with aerospace engineers and those who could not follow that path, taught math.

Class consisted of Mr. X, or was it Y, ordering us to memorize the equations and work the problems. Then he gathered the boys in a circle at the front of the room and talked sports u...

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