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#1 of 6 Old 10-28-2004, 04:37 AM - Thread Starter
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My mil called me to help her with my 13 year old bil's homework. Algebra no less. It just goes to show that for most people algebra is a totally useless skill because I have managed to go for 14 years without adding two negative numbers. Or subtracting them for that matter. I might have been able to figure it out if I could look at it, but on the phone there was no way. :

Apparently I need to study up if I'm serious about homeschooling
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Radical unschoolers here I don't do algebra either. My son is slightly more into it though, and the hubby rather enjoys it. It's always been a so whatter to me. If the kid needs my help I go learn about it, other than that ... no thanks.

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Ds is taking algebra as well and I feel like a total dunce when he asks for help. And I used to be really good at math. I recall getting a 98% on the NYS regents exam in algebra and I got an A in calculus in college.

I'm homeschooling my two younger kids, but I'm not worried about teaching higher math yet. It's probably something that comes back to you quickly with a little exposure.
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I am so with you - I am 36 and taking Algebra 11 for the fifth time. I only need to get a C to get into Nursing School.

I write my first midterm tomorrow and I am seriously stressing about it.

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I hear you!

I helped my cousin a few years ago and just couldn't do 99% of it anymore!!

I will have to seriously study up before I get to that point with my girls in homeschooling!
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This should make you feel better. I was a math major (switched it to minor though). I have all the classes except 2 to have my minor complete. I was trying to help out my neice with her Algebra 2, and I couldn't. Of course, she had to solve the problems "their way and show her work." I couldn't figure out what the heck the teacher was doing.
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