The world is more complicated than ‘Econ 101’ (lessons from my 6th grade math class)

I visited my childhood home this past weekend. One afternoon I toured the school I attended from kindergarten through 12th grade. Although a lot has changed (and improved) since my time, many of the classrooms remain the same. One of these classrooms was the room where I took middle school math. Upon entering this room one memory that came back clearly was a presentation we had to make about how one of our parents used math in their every day work or life. (I suppose this was an attempt to try to convince middle schoolers of the practical need to actually learn algebra.) For this project I interviewed my dad who owned a small business in town.

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