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Teach in high school?

December 10, 2007

Occasionally, I am in a position where I am meet someone and they ask what I do. I reply by explaining I’m a full time graduate student working towards my Ph.D. in mathematics. This is greeted by a variety of responses, one of which is,

“Oh, really. What do you want to do when you are done? Teach in high school?”

Yes, I have spent hundreds of dollars in exam fees and postage to apply to graduate school, sat two preliminary exams, completed all the coursework for my degree, passed my 6 hour oral examination, been farmed out for proctoring and teaching assignments, worked on papers published in peer-reviewed journals, and spent the last couple years working on research for my thesis all so that I can teach high school students how to solve 2x^2+3x+1=0.


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  1. motoaahhh permalink
    December 11, 2007 9:37 pm

    Well, yeah, I mean what else would you do with a PhD in math? Everyone knows that the only value in learning math is to teach other people math. Duh.

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