I’m betting that unless you were one of those ‘super-smart-kids-with-plans-to-have-a-smarty-pants-career’, you probably said something like this about math at one point or another:
“WHEN AM I EVER GOING TO NEED TO USE THIS IN MY REAL LIFE? THIS IS SO POINTLESS TO LEARN!”
I did. I said that a lot. Thankfully I had a patient dad who sat next to me during one of those many homework meltdowns. Actually I should rephrase that: homework/drama queen-hormonal teenage girl/master procrastinator meets middle of the night exhaustion with WAY too much to do, due in a few hours, supposed to be sleeping/the homework pile all the sudden unleashes every stress & emotion and somehow seems symbolic of how chaotic and overwhelming my WHOLE LIFE is…MELTDOWNS. So naturally, I point my finger to the “stupid screwed-up education system” as the source of all my problems. If only those lame educators would recognize that most of us are not going to need to know this stuff, let alone how to solve for these advanced mathematics without a calculator! How practical is that? Are future employers going to fire upon seeing me pull out a calculator? UGH.