Algebra and Politics – Who Knew?

Who would have thought algebra would get political? Surely not me, naive person that I still am….I’m at Walgreens earlier today and I commented on a Halloween picture. Seems Walgreens will give a free 4 by 6 photo if the kids come in costume to the store on Friday. I mentioned that I thought that was a great idea. I said my students and I were celebrating Distributive Property Day instead of Halloween.

If you follow this blog, you know that I’m attempting to bring some humor to an otherwise excessive candy day that drives teachers nut – it’s on Sunday this year, so Monday will not be pleasant….Distributive Property Day is when we “share with everyone. Here’s an example of the distributive property: 3(x + 2). When you simplify, you end up with 3x + 6. You “share” the 3 with everything inside the parentheses, hence my “sharing is caring.” I tell the kids Halloween is just a marketing ploy to selll candy, and we’d be better off if we practiced sharing is caring.

Back to Walgreens. I tell the guy my class celebrates Distributive Property Day, and I explain about “sharing is caring.” To which he says (and I am not kidding) “That sounds like something Obama would do – distribute property to all.”

What? Huh? Am I missing something?

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One Response to “Algebra and Politics – Who Knew?”

  • Linda Scharff:

    Yes, I love your Distributive Property Day….and your explanation….I was smiling as you went on with your story….and smiled even more with the last sentence….OF COURSE that’s what he is all about! Distributive Property to applied to ALL”! Caring is sharing, yes, but leave my properties alone for I’LL decided IF I wish to distribute them! As for CANDY….I’ll GIVE it ALL away!

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