i am not a glorified ninth-grade algebra teacher

I’m not. I am. I’m not!

Preparing to teach a course informally known around one’s department as “Baby Stats” messes with one’s head.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

4 thoughts on “i am not a glorified ninth-grade algebra teacher”

  1. Sadly you may not be, but I have to be. I teach an intro level general ed science class — and I have to teach them how to divide by a fraction…rearrange equations to solve for a particular variable…etc

    I now offer a 2 night math refresher at the beginning of the semester, for two reasons. 1) scare off the ones that are really going to be a problem and 2) actually help those that want to stick around. But I still gripe the rest of the semester!


  2. If I’m reading the NWU website properly, this is the first in a three-quarter sequence of courses for graduate students, and it looks like the content should have been covered in a typical undergraduate sociology program or in a cognate discipline. So yeah, I can see why there might be some dissonance.


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