Tuesday, March 23, 2010
You're wrong Danica McKellar, math does, in fact, suck.
I took one algebra course in high school and was excited if on the tests I got a double digit percentage correct. 12% AWESOME! I usually wavered around the 9% area. I was just going to blow it off and take Math for Today the next year to fulfill my math credits and call it quits on math altogether. Unfortunately my dad, who was a teacher, happened to run into my math teacher at school one day and innocently asked how I was doing and good ole' Mr. Mueller said without hesitating, "She hasn't handed in one assignment all quarter. She's getting an F." What a blabbermouth. So I spent my entire spring quarter doing algebra with my dad every single night for hours and hours. I wonder who hated it more, me or Dad?
Now I'm the parent, and Sam got a bad grade in math so I'm trying to help him out at home and today I hit the wall on my math knowledge. Yesterday was problems like this: 5m+18=15m-24-4m. Easy. Well, not exactly easy, I had to work this one problem at least three times before I got the right answer, but I got the right answer! (7!) Today's problems were like this: -7/20f+2/5=1/4f. I can get it down to 2/5=3/5f (and I don't even know if that's right, but it's damn close) but from there on, I don't know how to do it. One of my answers was 15876/1218. That just doesn't seem reasonable.
So the answer to those kids who say, "Why do I have to do this! I hate it! I'll never have to use it!" is "Yes you will, you will need it to help your child with his or her 7th grade math and believe me, you don't want to look like a total idiot in front of your 13 year old. That totally sucks.