Homework and Causation

As this academic year ramps up, it’s worth recalling a conversation overheard by a colleague a couple of years ago:

At the beginning of the third quarter, two sophomores were talking about their second-quarter report cards. “I got a C in math first quarter, and my math teacher said I woulda gotten a better grade if I did my homework. So I did every bit of what he assigned second quarter, and it turned out to be useless, since it turned out I got an A minus anyway.”

Let’s try to unpack that reasoning…

Categories: Math, Teaching & Learning, Weston