What does it take to learn algebra First you have to master the fundamentals

# What does it take to learn algebra First you have to master the fundamentals

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From: <Saved by Windows Internet Explorer 7> Subject: What does it take to learn algebra? First you have to master the fundamentals Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 14:42:34 -0700 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/html; charset="Windows-1252" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Location: http://www.nychold.com/art-latimes-060204.html X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2900.3028 X <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>What does it take to learn algebra? First you have to = master the fundamentals</TITLE> <META http-equiv=3DContent-Type content=3D"text/html; = charset=3Dwindows-1252"> <META content=3D"MSHTML 6.00.5730.11" name=3DGENERATOR></HEAD> <BODY text=3Dblack vLink=3Dnavy aLink=3Dred link=3Dblue bgColor=3Dwhite> <H2>What does it take to learn algebra? First you have to master the=20 fundamentals</H2> <P>By Karin Klein<BR>The Los Angeles Times<BR>February 4, 2006=20 <P><BR> <P>JOHNNY PATRELLO was a greaser. I was a dork. And yet, despite our = rigidly=20 stratified school culture, we came together in the spring of 1968 at = Walt=20 Whitman Junior High School, where I tutored Johnny in algebra.=20 <P>I thought about Johnny again as I read The Times' series this week on = L.A.'s=20 dropout problem. Algebra, the reporters found, is an insurmountable = stumbling=20 block for many high school students.=20 <P>What struck me was that the reasons why Johnny can't do algebra in = L.A. today=20 are remarkably similar to why Johnny Patrello couldn't do algebra almost = four=20 decades ago in Yonkers, N.Y.=20 <P>Johnny and I were brought together by Mrs. Elizabeth Bukanz, the = algebra=20 teacher. Mrs. Bukanz wore her sandy hair in a frizzy French twist and = her=20 glasses on a chain. But she was gentle and smiling, and she had passion = - at=20 least for what she called "the beauty of algebra." I, too, loved its = perfect=20 logic and tidy solutions, so unlike my messy teenage life.=20 <P>But Johnny was deaf to algebra's siren song. He was flunking, and = Mrs. Bukanz=20

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