Tuesday, March 18, 2014

cost benefit analysis

I teach several different math subjects, AP Calculus and Statistics being two of them.  In both classes students have to do their homework online.  For each problem they get 3 tries to type in the correct solution.  Most of my calculus students want to get a perfect score and will work literal hours to get the last 2 points.  Some of my statistics students can barely be bothered to do the assignments at all. 

My questions are many.
  • Why do some students become perfectionists, literally go overboard in their striving for A's in school while other don't seem to care at all? 
  • How do we create a balance between over the top and no effort at all? 
  • Is is really possible for teenagers to do cost-benefit analysis? 

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