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    home-schooling by parents who had a vague understanding of algebra I had no real idea of how to use algebraic formulae until I found myself (after a mediocre class in intermediate algebra taught by the wrestling coach at a junior college) in a class taught by Georgia Hart.  She opened my eyes to the wonders you could do with algebra and this allowed me to go on to calculus and trigonometry at the University of Arizona and ace them both.  It is amazing what a great teacher can do!  I am still not a great mathematician, but one of our daughters cleped out of advanced calculus before she enrolled at the University of North Carolina (brag, brag), so math is not a real problem for her.  So much for women not being able to do math.  The other daughter was more like me and in addition got on the wrong side of her algebra teacher after writing "95 Theses on why algebra stinks"  and submitting it to him! I thought that she had brought this on herself and so did not interfere - the only two "Ds" she ever got.  After a bit of accepting that she was going to have to go to the local university she spent a year here and then followed her boyfriend (later husband) to Durham, NC, enrolled in a local tech and then got herself into UNC and eventually into dental school, where she graduated near the top of her class.

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