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Teenage Girl 17/10/25(Wed)05:22 No. 21714 ID: 9fd7e5

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Teenage Girl 18/01/23(Tue)17:13 No. 21800 ID: 6d78bf

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Teenage Girl 18/02/27(Tue)20:36 No. 21816 ID: 4089f6

There was a rant that was supposed to go with the picture, but the words disappeared.

It was about the concept of "show your work." Most people know at least one person in their math classes that found it stupid to write down what they can do in their head. There's a good chance you might have been that student, and I certainly was.

Teachers would try to use their standard arguments, but none seemed convincing. You want proof that I understand the processes? There's no proof better than having internalized the process so well I can do it in my head. How do you know I'm not just cheating by writing correct answers? The same way you don't know everyone else isn't cheating, but they're wasting more pencil lead doing it.

Teenage Girl 18/02/27(Tue)20:37 No. 21817 ID: 4089f6

>>21816 cont.

Now there might be a few of you who thinks that I was, and am, being an asshole and need to shut up. The thing was, I eventually almost convinced myself of the same thing. My line of reasoning was that the process had little to do with math itself and more to do with surviving the petty tyrants in positions of bureaucracy. You know the kind: the ones who would look for the most chickenshit of paperwork errors to ruin your life, sometimes because they hate you specifically but more often because they like flexing the the tiny sliver of power that is the only control they have over anyone in their lives.

I decided to quit my bitching for a bit and play their little games to get through the course and move on with my life. So what's my problem now? My problem is the number of grown-ass adults who seem to struggle with doing math in their head. Don't just take my word for it. Go out there and do some basic mental arithmetic in front of other people and see what happens. They'll definitely look at you weird, as though you're a mighty wizard, a demonic witch, or just your friendly neighborhood autist. Why is that? Nothing about math requires supernatural powers or developmental disorders. What's going on?

Like with any complex issue, there are lots of things going on and many factors at play here. That being said, it can't be a productive thing for teachers to actively discourage students from mental arithmetic because they need to show their work.

Teenage Girl 18/02/28(Wed)18:02 No. 21818 ID: 2855c4

>There's a good chance you might have been that student
I was that student, in fact. I really was; it is uncanny to see you type that.

Particularly in Jr. High, when my Algebra teacher finally had to admit that I couldn't be cheating because I had the highest score on the final--after a year of treating me like a scoundrel and regularly giving me zeros on completed homework. Like you, I eventually gave in to the never-ending torrent of teachers and school facutly who refused to accept my work unless I demonstrated for them how I'd done it. Later on I stopped studying math however, because I found I had greater skills and interest in other areas, and now I am rusted out--I need a calculator just to calculate a percentage of an amount.

Perhaps, if my teacher had instead taken advantage of my disposition and encouraged me to try more challenging math classes, my life would be very different now. Some of my friends were taking out-of-school "gifted" classes that I couldn't join because I hadn't shown such aptitude earlier and there were mandatory requirements to be completed in elementary school. This is just one of many ways I look back on my school life with outrage and despair at how badly the system failed me.

I was very lucky in that the day came when my parents threatened legal action against the school if they would not permit me to enter some advanced placement classes my last year of Jr. High. I was failing several basic classes because the teachers were miserable, insufferable people and the work was literally boring me to death (I might have killed myself); in the AP classes I got As and Bs. I've heard the curriculum has changed, but I doubt the spirit of the education system in the United States ever will. Only the top 1% in elementary school have a chance to reach their full potential in secondary or tertiary education; even if an "ordinary" student begins to perform at higher level later on, the school will not "waste resources" by giving them greater challenges.

Teenage Girl 18/03/03(Sat)03:08 No. 21819 ID: 4089f6

>now I am rusted out--I need a calculator just to calculate a percentage of an amount.
This is the biggest tragedy to me. The fact that you chose a career that has less to do with math is beside the point. After all, not everyone chooses to be a literary critic, yet it still benefits individuals to know how to read and society as a whole to expect that most everyone can read.

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