Hoc Est Qui Sumus (discoflamingo) wrote,
Hoc Est Qui Sumus

On Math

Math should not be something you are proud to be incapable of doing.

I work as an engineer, so I use a lot of math every day - calculus, trig, linear algebra, combinatorics - the works. But for "everyday" math, knowing basic statistics and algebra is just plain expected in every job I've had, from office work to food service. I echo the sentiments of reading Innumeracy - math skills are critical when making complex choices that involve numbers. Reading statistics in the paper, applying for a loan, or planning a budget all require math, and the less comfortable you are with it, the more likely you are to screw it up.

What I never understood was why math became the subject everybody loved to hate. I rarely heard people ask why we have to learn history or English. All of these subjects promote critical thinking, which is why you're in school in the first place.

(This was originally a response to this question, but it's late and I'm not fleshing it out more til I can think straight)

In poker news, I came in second in the tourney tonight. Now I'm going to collapse.

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