Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
Reading the Math Anxiety Bill of Rights wasted a minute of my life that can never be recovered. I discovered in 3rd grade that math easy after I became proficient in adding and subtracting and then memorized the times tables.
She also has the right to quit school, and pole dance for a living.
Yeah, you have the "right" to most of that. What you don't have the "right" to is ducking the realities that come with being bad at math.
My wife is a math teacher. About 99% of the problems kids have doing math stem from not putting in any effort.I can't fault the lady for selling a book to parents too stupid to realize this one key fact.
This is the sort of thing I'd expect to see in a text aimed at elementary school children, who can easily get discouraged by abstract concepts.But this is the page of a college instructor in mathematics. Any student who shows up at a college math class without the basic "I'm paying for this, I'm damn well going to learn it" attitude doesn't belong in college, much less a college math class.
Written by a woman who can't do math.
A few additions:I have the right to get an F in math classes.I have the right to get an F in science classes.I have the right to get robbed blind by my cable company because I can't understand my cable bill.I have the right to get robbed blind by my cellphone company because I can't understand my phone bill.I have the right to get robbed blind by my tax preparer because I can't do the simple arithmetic required for a 1040EZ.I have the right to get ripped off by my temp agency because I can't figure out my withholdings.
"I have the right to define success in my own terms."No you Don't
I have the right....*snerk*....HahahahahahahahahahahaThe last time someone got in my face and spouted his rights, I locked his arm behind him, marched him out, and locked the door behind him.The only rights one has in public education, are the ones the warden...I mean teacher enforces. Which is usually pretty subjective.
I have the right to get off my ass and learn how to do math. I'm not good at math either. You don't see me trying to pussy out and not learn it. I have no excuse because Khan Academy is free and available to anybody with an internet connection and gmail account.
And don't forget, "I have the right to eat like a pig and look like a pig and define it as sexy" - and die of diabetes at the age of 50.
I have the right to pay five dollars for a "foot long around" pizza because I can't divide and never heard of pi. (There's a sign offering this 3.82-inch pizza at a highway rest stop I frequent).
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