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You Pet Peeves?

In February, 1946, M. H. Ahrendt (Indiana math teacher) stated three of his favorite pet peeves (i.e. favorite complaints). He wrote an entire article (Mathematics Teacher)about them in hope of finding "common ground" with other mathematics teachers.

His three "top" pet peeves:

  1. Teachers and students who feel that when doing mathematics, "only the answer counts. The method is not important."
  2. Teachers who teach mathematics by "means of tricks and short-cuts."
  3. Anyone who claims that mathematics is "the easiest subject in the curriculum to teach...mathematics is either right or wrong...entirely objective. and this makes the papers easy to grade."
Sixty years have passed...pointing out how little attitudes towards/within math education has changed!