I teach high school math. I sell a product to a market that doesn’t want it, but is forced by law to buy it.

Dan Meyer

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Source: "Math Class Needs a Makeover." TEDxNYED. Mar. 2010. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: With this quote, educator Dan Meyer uses a metaphor to describe the challenges he faces as a high school math teacher: he likens himself to a seller of a product that people don't want, but are forced to buy. In other words, high schoolers do not enjoy math classes, but have no choice but to go to them anyway. In the TED Talk this quote is from, Meyer goes on to explain that that the reason students don't enjoy math has to do with the way in which the subject is commonly taught. Watch the full TED Talk here: Dan Meyer - Math Class Needs a Makeover