## Jeremy Côté

Bits, ink, particles, and words.

# These Rules Are Stupid

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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:

$\frac{3}{5}x+17=2x-\frac{1}{8}$

# Scales

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.