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Once I left basic arithmetic behind - adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing - math became my worst nightmare. I struggled with percents and decimals but finally figured them out (these days I thank the inventor of calculators). Then when I was a freshman in high school elementary algebra was required for an Academic diploma (as opposed to General or Commercial). Sadly, my most memorable teacher was an emotional sadist. He took great pleasure in embarrassing students and spent more time with the bright ones than with the rest of us.
I've forgotten his name, which doesn't surprise me, so I'll call him Mr. X. He told us right up front that he would go over something ONCE and we'd better pay attention. After a week of very basic stuff, he reassigned us to specific seats. Now the classroom in those days had six rows - the first two rows were for the Smart Students, the second two for Mediocre Students and the final two forStupid Students. Can you guess where I ended up?
Half way through the term I was barely managing to pass - back then you had a number grade and 65 was passing. I was miserable and he took special delight in sending me to the blackboard because he knew he could make fun of my ineptitude. And then a miracle happened and Mr. X left on sabatical for 6 months. Our new teacher was Mr. Leroy and he was as different as night and day. When he heard about the seating arrangement, he immediately did away with it. Sit where you prefer and the only time he moved us was if he realized a student didn't hear too well or had a vision problem.
The change in me was phenomenal, but even with his special attention to those of us who struggled, I barely passed with the classwork. He really had to undo all that Mr. X had done. I had to get 65 on my final or I would fail and have to repeat. He spent the week before tutoring those of us who needed it after school. I got the 65 and moved on to Geometry.