Me: Remember, guys. Math isn’t just about following a recipe.
Student #1: It isn’t?
Me: No! Math is about logical reasoning. If I only wanted to teach you how to be detail-oriented and copy an example, we’d have a cooking class. You’d still learn to follow directions, and at the end we’d have a tasty cake, instead of some silly graph.
Student #1: Yeah! Why don’t we have cooking class?
Me: Oh… well…
Student #3: Yeah! What if we’re not really learning all that conceptual logic stuff? You’re saying we should give up on math class and just learn how to bake cakes, right?
Me: No! If that’s the case, we should –
Student #2: Yeah! Cake for everybody!
All students: Cake! Cake! Cake! Cake!