The consequences of all of these disabling students' behaviors about learning and appreciating mathematics are too costly and disempowering. Unfortunately, students do not realize this until is too late. If you are one of my students, I encourage you to read the article (click the link below) "Why nerds must rescue the American economy: Lack of math skills contributes to consumers getting ripped off" to become aware of the importance of being math literate to survive and flourish in today's society.
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