True words. I never had any good math teachers in school tbh (and I was in a lot of schools). I learned the simple 1x1 from a computer program, my dad wrote for me as I was 6 years old. Background was the bad teachings at school.Peter1981 wrote:This ultimately leads me to ask, 'Why do school children come to hate mathematics?' Well It is my view that not all ideas and concepts are taught well so the 'brick' becomes mis-shaped or worse gets lost and is left out of the structure leaving a hole. Now a few gaps in your knowlegde isn't going to be much of a problem, but, If you have misconceptions and gaps (mis-shapes and holes) then the understanding (the structure) become unstable. Mathematics in many ways is self referencing and is designed to be checked. However in the analogy if there are to many gaps and hole in the childs knowledge then they may not beable to check their understanding.
But I never became a fan of maths, tho. I'm pretty good at trigonometry but failed at higher maths at some point. Just not my thing.
that's indeed kinda sad. I mean that's rly simple stuff, even for me xDPeter1981 wrote:When speacking with strangers mention mathematics or show that you can do a quick calculation, say 40% off £399.00 = £239.40, these people come to look at you like your bizzar. (The method I used was £399 minus 40% of £400 plus 40% of £1) no its not bizzar it just a 'trick' or I'd prefere to call it a techneque.
To maths in general: Imho, you need better teachers and less pupils in classes. It makes no sense at all to teach maths to a class with 30 pupils in it. One of my biggest shocks in life was when I came back from secondary school to yea... "normal school" as I was 12 years old. They throw things through the classroom and the teacher couldn't do anything about it. She even came to our tables trying to teach some friends and me something about equations (as only we were interested) where like 25 ppl acted like they were insane. We got the principal a year later as maths teacher and she was highly authoritary and you finally learned a thing or two in maths. But I never got the hang for it.
I'm more the philosopher and maths is absolute. I do see its advantages as you always can check it back to be sure but I also see that it's a non absolute science, too, and still kinda "under development/construction". To be more precise:
I totally agree with this...MrGwangGwang wrote:shouldn't be treated like a religion
In some schools I went to, you srsly were in deep trouble when you didn't have a math-IQ of 130 or something. Higher maths still is a pain for me, but I somehow learned to get the things I want from maths.
Maths is one of the tools/sciences where we're trying to explain everything but it (ironically) will never be sufficient enough to explain everything. At best explained if you look between the gap between 0 and ∞.
As there's an "everything" between.
or just take "0"...
Maths is definitely very very important to us and the world we're living in but it isn't the answer to all of our questions as some may say...
You're not.QuasarDonkey wrote:It's generally within the context of "controversial" and often not very rigorous areas of science. I've noticed these same people tend to be militant atheist, "pro-choice", "liberal", anti-gun, Captain Planet-types . Am I right?
if you pack ppl in such onesided and sorry to say that: stupid categories, you make a very big mistake.