Standards: Will We Ever Get There? As an aspiring guru in high school and college, I have to admit that mathematics was not my forte. Oh, I could do basic calculations and even enough algebra to ace my physics class. But when we got into more esoteric areas, my writers brain was toast.

That all changed, however, with a unique college course entitled “Concepts of Mathematics.” What made it completely different is that instead of filling blackboards and notebooks with formulas, we simply talked about math and some of the basic concepts that underlie it as a discipline.

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