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Fractions (2011)
Buzz Mauro
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A math teacher realizes that the father of one of his students is a man with whom he has had an anonymous sexual relationship. There is some discussion of math education in general, and about hypothetical questions involving fractions in particular (e.g. "Say one-third of the kids in the room have brown eyes and one-half have blue eyes—what fraction would have eyes that are neither brown nor blue?"). However, the story is less mathematical than it may at first seem since the father's response, seemingly about mathematics, is not actually about mathematics at all.

Published in Willow Springs (#67, Spring 2011).

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MotifMath Education,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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