Jeremy Côté

Bits, ink, particles, and words.

These Rules Are Stupid


As I was tutoring one of my students about algebra, I could see that he was struggling with making sense of the rules of how to manipulate equations in order to solve for a given variable. The equation involved fractions and like terms, and looked something like this:

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Judgement comes in all the time, every day. There is no judgement “switch” in which you can flip on and off. Instead, there’s just judgement, all the time.

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Showing Up On the Nth Day

It’s easy to put a big effort in one day. Yes, it takes effort, but it’s not overly difficult. If you wanted, you could write for the whole day, or run for three hours, or practice a musical instrument. When it’s just one day, it’s no big deal, right?

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Through my two years in a CÉGEP science program, I learned an important lesson about the nature of my education. The simple truth is that it’s possible to go through the program without any intuition.

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