Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A misunderstanding of percentages

I say this: "White people go to college and graduate in higher numbers than black people, as you can see in this graph".

My student's response? "Well obviously, there are more white people than black people in the US so of course more white people go to college. You are WRONG about that institutional racism thing."*

My students think I am dumb, you guys.

*All quotes are paraphrased


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  2. It's indicative of a misunderstanding of a basic math concept. So now you have to teach math too.