No, it’s not what you think. Of course there are romantic pairings in high school, and there’s no point in considering them inappropriate. But that’s not what this post is all about. The question is whether a precalculus class that’s studying combinatorics should be given the following cartoon from xkcd:
The mathematics is impeccable, the content is surely of interest to students, so what’s the problem?
Actually, I don’t think there is any problem. But some of my colleagues think that it’s inappropriate for high school and would offend some students and/or their parents, even at Weston. What do you think?