Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
I do so love a well-composed rant!
I cannot stand this. It makes me so angry. Don't you just want to be angry at everything?
"You'll even nod like a happy idiot when you learn what a haiku is, and you never complain or whine about how you'll never use this in your "life." When is the last time you wrote a haiku, asshole?"Freaking YESTERDAY, like a boss. *touchdown dance*
Anon,Is there something we should be happy about?
As Ryan says, *happy dance* at the haiku comment.Math has always been difficult for me. I clawed away at the brick wall of calculus twice only to fail, until I found a tutor who did exactly what the rant said: follow the directions. It is like a recipe. While the mechanics of equations will still elude me from time to time, I do find it intellectually satisfying to finally understand the wherefores of mathematics, and how they are the whole of philosophy and logic.Any good books to recommend on the subject? Not textbooks, I mean books about mathematics and philosophy, the history of math, etc.
Cranberry: Zero A Biography Of A Dangerous Idea A very interesting read on the idea of nothing.It amazes me that poor math skills are not treated like poor reading skills. If a kid is illiterate it's a problem, if a kid can't do basic trig or entry level calculus its a case of 'math is just not his/her thing'. An engineer who doesn't appreciate Shakespeare is far more valuable than a English major cashier who can't make change.#1 problem is teachers are not good at and/or don't like math. A simple proof would be: if they liked math they'd know (not feel) that an engineering degree is a much better investment than a teaching degree.
Off the top of my head, I have used haiku to do the following in the last year:* Report a software failure (many times)* Document solutions to technical problems (many times)* Mock a client at work (many times)* Give beta tester feedback (maybe a half dozen times)* Summarize a story, chapter by chapter (just once, still in progress)* Fight a duel on the Internet for the love of a fictional character (only once, but it involved a dozen haiku before my opponent surrendered)So while I am kind of pushing the boundaries for the usefulness of haiku, I still think math does quite a bit more for society as a whole.
I would say a good bit of the problem is that the way they teach math in schools drags it out to a glacial crawl for most kids. Taking 8 years to learn basic arithmetic (or maybe as few as 6 years if you're really smart) is what is teaching kids to hate math.
Most teachers in the k-8 education can't do math. That's why they went into "Elementary Education."
Add to the list of things I've done with haiku recently: argued against minimum wage.Price floors on laborAbove market clearing priceCause unemploymentSome good intentionsWhen they become policyWill cause deadweight loss
Anon,Is there something we should be happy about?10:33 PMYes, my internship with E&Y.
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