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Math is stupid. I hate it.


“Math is stupid. I hate it. I’m never going to need this stuff.”

I’m guilty of having uttered each of these sentences in my life. Math was always a struggle for me, much to the dismay of my father. He was a virtual human calculator who dealt with complicated math equations in his daily life as a banker/financial advisor. Like most fathers, he looked forward to his children following in his mathematical footsteps. It wasn’t to be.

Now, in my day-to-day life words are of my most-used tools. Regardless of the profession that I chose, I still come upon math every day.

  • In cooking: ¼ cup is smaller than 1/3 of a cup
  • In Shopping: How much is 35% off of $29.99?
  • In baking: Cook a 10 lb turkey at 45 minutes per pound…
  • In Decorating: How much carpet do I need to cover the floor of my living room?

As it turns out, I did need this stuff. The teachers were right.

I wish that I had paid better attention in math class. Despite being a relatively good student, the further that I got in school, the less that math made sense to me.

Thankfully, my proficiency in other subjects was apparent (hello, writer’s craft), so I could get by without having top marks in math.

But that doesn’t mean that I ever gave up trying to get better math marks. I knew my multiplication tables inside and out, thanks to flash cards and a variety of unique learning techniques I may have been able to recite my times tables, but I never really understood them.

It’s been years since my father and I butted heads about math homework but unfortunately, not much has changed. Math is still a struggle for parents and kids because many kids still don’t get math.

It’s not because the curriculum is too hard, or the teachers are ineffective. Some kids struggle with math simply because the basic concepts of math are not relevant or meaningful to the student.

And when students don’t have a fundamental understanding of the concepts, they rely on memorization to get by.

Some kids get math naturally, and others don’t. Those that don’t have to work harder to develop a better understanding of math basics. If your child is not a natural math learner, then the struggle is trying to help your child find the link to the real world that will make math meaningful and relevant. It’s a process that can take years, but its one that is well worth it, because math doesn’t end when school does. Math has practical applications in everyday life. When the light bulb finally goes on for your child and math begins to makes sense, the struggles begin to slip away…

What do you do to make math meaningful for your child? We’d love to hear from you.

  • Eternal vengeance on math.

    I understand why we need basic math to get us through life, but how on earth is trigonometry or advanced algebra going to be of any use to me?!? I won’t even use half of the mathematics i’m getting taught at school! Math ruined my love for school forever!!! I either fail it or barely pass, and i’m sick of it. I’ve tried to like it but i always end up hating it. Screw you, math. You can solve your own damn problems.

  • math hater

    grrrrrrrrrr maTHS IS ANNOYING
    IM EXPECTED TO BE GOOD BUT I JUST CARNT BE

  • math hater

    LETS BOYCOT MATHS

  • Meenal26

    Seriously,it’s like, man why the hell is there a need to know how(x + a) (x + b) = x2 + (a + b) x + ab? Im like, WTF! So what do I do?/?? If whatever theorem is wteva!! It’s not like if im dying and im goin measure the dimensions of the fucking room or there wud the x’s n y’s are goi help me wen im lonely? They say = prove angle RDG =90 degrees. So im like, Let angle RDG b 90 degree, n they say it’s wrong! Whyyy?? If you can suppose or ‘let’ d other things in maths, then y nt this? Wt’s d freaking need for doin so much researches on algebra?/ How can they fucking mix alphabets with nos.?? Daaa,, dude, they’re 2 very different things! Huh. N others think ppl who can solve maths r smart. Huh. There’s just freaks. Maths nerds. Useless subject. I want practicality in my life, where i don’t how to learn so much about imaginary and useless stuff.

  • http://newsdefuse.blogspot.com hamayon

    i hate mathematics because it goes like wind over the head.i also write a post ‘i hate mathematics’ please read it

    http://newsdefuse.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-hate-mathematics.html

  • Hilarious

    If only we could…

  • Hilarious

    math hater :
    LETS BOYCOT MATHS

  • bumholee

    I APSOLUTLY HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE MATHS WHEN IS ALGHABRA EVER GOING TO HELP ME!?!?!? IT IS STUPID AND IS USELESS DAMN U WHO EVER INVENTED IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://acumeneducation.ca Azadeh

    Mathematics is a base for some subjects such as Physics and chemistry in higher secondary and above. There are children who really struggle with math and need to be helped. These children fear it and almost hate it.