Hi, I teach math at an alternative school (students have been kicked out of the public school). I am at my wits end when I teach math- Currently we are working on functions - I did a whole intro on input and output - now we are working on linear functions and graphing them - no matter what the topic is, they want to know why they have to learn this , they will never use it - who was the stupid person who came up with the idea -(I personally think it's fascinating). I've told them many professionals use it. The response is they don't want to go into that profession. I have said it teaches logic - or it makes them smarter - if they don't use your brain cells it will turn to gel. The final reason is because there will be a test. Does anyone have an idea what I can say - actually give me real professions - it's frustrating day after day. As sad as it is to say, if I could relate this to drugs I would have everyones attention. Thanks for your input.