Saturday, September 04, 2004

Family problems & MATHO

A 13-year-old African American girl in one of Jill's middle school math classes came to her a few days ago and said she'd be gone the next day.

"Mizis Taylor," she said, "I won't be here tomorrow. I got family problems."

"I'm sorry to hear that," Jill said.

"Well I need to get my work for tomorrow."

"You won't miss any work but we're having a special math game called MATHO" (like BINGO but with math problems), Jill said.

The girl shook her head and pursed her lips. "Ahh, man! I'm gonna miss MATHO."

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