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How Education Is Failing Everyone
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fayanora From: fayanora Date: May 30th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Dunno about the science thing, but when I was a kid, math was boring and I sucked at it. But I didn't try very hard to learn it because it was uninteresting and because I was like "why do I need to learn this crap when I can just use a calculator?" I wonder if the same might be true of a lot of kids. Because I know if a show like Numbers had been on when I was a kid, and/or they'd made math interesting with neat puzzles, codes and ciphers, and so on, I would have been interested and would have tried harder. Because I got more interested in math when I discovered codes, ciphers, and puzzles. I've improved somewhat over the years, but I still need a calculator to do most multiplication and division things, and it takes me several minutes to do math in my head on numbers with more than one digit each, unless they're round numbers.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 30th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

All through school, math was boring and frustrating for me. I had an anti-knack for the concepts combined with a learning disability (discalcula: the numbers move) that I only realized had a name after I was long out of school. Nobody ever believed my descriptions of what was going wrong. I would have been far happier if 1) I could have learned at my own speed, very slow in math, and 2) I could have stuck with practical applications and not tried to do fancy stuff. Because the plain fact is, I wasted years trying to learn to do something that I would never be competent enough to use for anything important. Trivial math I can do myself. Important math gets done three times on a calculator, or I get someone actually competent to do it for me.

And then, adding insult to injury, about three years ago a separate intuitional knack for math sprouted. It is still disconcerting to me. I think I got it from my desertfolk, who are all math mavens. You never know what will rub off on you after a couple decades' of association, even if the people in question live in a different universe. So now the knack and the anti-knack are both active, but it's a toss-up which one will activate regarding a particular question. As if my head were not weird enough already.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: May 31st, 2009 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

And then, adding insult to injury, about three years ago a separate intuitional knack for math sprouted. It is still disconcerting to me. I think I got it from my desertfolk, who are all math mavens.

Wow!

As if my head were not weird enough already.

Hon, your head can't possibly be as weird as mine. I have either 9 or "an infinite number" of people living in this head of mine, depending on if you count Shao'Kehn as an individual or as a collective - She's a collective consciousness inside of a collective consciousness. Then two of our frontrunners are children - one androgynous and the other one a female. We also have a little boy in here. We have a teenaged Goth lesbian who's a whitelighter Luciferian, and a grumptastic teenaged male who is an agnostic LaVeyan Satanist. We have three nonhumans (a shapeshifter, a Duenicallo, and an Ah'Koi Bahnis, the first two of whom are carnivores and the last of which is an herbivore) - four if you count Shao'Kehn, who is an Ah'Koi Bahnis Goddess. And Pi, Alex, and Negarahn are stronger than the rest of us. Seriously, same body but they can lift more than any of the rest of us can.
I could keep going, but I think you get the point. :-)
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