I have a math teacher colleague who wants to make some changes. The school is trying to tie learning to broad themes that all teachers can link to. He is stumped, and claims that there is no way to link factoring polynomials to anything in the real world. I figure that's probably our combined lack of imagination. I'm specifically looking for suggestions about how to tie it to creation myths we are studying in some other classes as part of a larger project. Any suggestions?? I am betting on some creative colleagues having lots of ideas!