Math Survival Guide: I Was a Mathphobe! 01
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| I remember lots of things about elementary school… I remember sitting
in each of my classrooms. I remember lots of things that I learned. I remember
which teachers I liked. I remember who I sat next to… But, my only memory
of math in elementary school is listening to a tape of a man saying, “Three
times four is…. Four times four is… Five times four is… Blah blah blah.“ It
was one of those drills where you had to write down the answers before the
mystery voice asked the next one. It was boring and I hated it. Hey, it just
occurred to me… Why couldn’t my teacher have just asked us these
questions himself? Why on earth did he need a tape for this?! Couldn’t he get
the timing right or something? It’s not like he was doing anything during this
time. He was just walking around the room. Anyway, that’s all I remember
about learning math. Pretty sad!
But, seventh grade math… Boy, do I remember that! Much to my
chagrin, they stuck me in one of those “gifted” programs. You know the ones
– where you have to do twice as much work as the other kids and get lower
grades as a reward. This never did make sense to me. So, I was in something
called “7X Math.” I guess the “X” was put in there as some sort of sick
algebra joke. It was a cruel irony to say the least.
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