I feel like UNM's math department has some funny ideas about what should be in a trigonometry class. We spent like two weeks **rushing** through the unit circle and *all* the basic functions. Then we spent another two weeks or so **rushing** through pretty much every identity in the world. Then we memorized a bunch more stuff, but never really got any homework or tests that used it.

Now it's looking like we're going to spend the second half of *trigonometry* learning DeMoivre's Theorem, vectors, and parametric equations -- certainly at the same crazy breakneck speed.

I feel like the basics of parametric equations and vector calculus probably belong in pre-calc...especially if cramming them into trig requires the class to go at this (frankly insane) pace.

I'm required to take pre-calc, but not trig. I took trig anyway...because I wanted to learn trig. Not because I wanted half a semester of highly compressed trig and an *extra* redundant half semester of highly compressed pre-calc.

The good news is that -- looking at their curriculum for pre-calc -- this class should make pre-calc feel like a cakewalk.

On a side note -- I'm pretty mad that it wasn't until my mid-twenties that I discovered I'm actually quite good at math. My middle school algebra teacher was just **such** a horrendous bitch that she crippled my ability to even mentally approach the topic for almost a decade.

I wonder how many other people she fucked up, but who didn't have art and design skills to fall back on as a major and a career while the scar tissue faded -- and are now permanently relegated to the under-educated lower class? How many engineers and scientists did she personally deny the world in her decades of teaching?

They say a high-performing kindergarten teacher is worth something like $300,000/year in the future increased productivity of their students. How much of a *drain* is a bad teacher? Someone who in their career turns thousands of impressionable kids from STEM-track to burger-flipping-track?

I'd reckon paying the worst teachers $50,000 a year to *stay the hell home and not try to teach anybody* -- and *then* paying somebody else *another* $100,000 to take their place -- would be a fucking bargain for society overall.

So why won't we even pay the good ones more than $30-40K starting?