I do not like math, Sam I am,
Friday, April 09, 2010
When this school year started I had 4 math classes I had to work through. I have just gone back to college and I am practically starting from scratch. I want to major in History but the math gods have determined that EVERYONE has to pass college algebra no matter what they are majoring in. So, since I hadn't seen the inside of an algebra book since 1979 I figured I had better start back at the beginning, never having been a math person in the first place. I am near the end of the second of three remedial math classes I am taking to get myself up to speed so I can hopefully pass college algebra. It is hard to believe I have made it this far and I have close to an A average, but it's been a struggle just the same. I do not enjoy math, I can sort of do it by the rules, but I will never be a math person.
I really believe that college algebra is required so colleges can make more money by having people like me take remedial classes which they get no credit for. They have biology classes for non-science majors, why can't they have a math class for non-math majors? I find the whole exercise pointless. I could see the reason for what we learned in pre-algebra. Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals; negative and positive integers etc. I could see a practical need for that sort of thing. But really, why do we all need to learn things that no one but mathematicians ever use? Our teacher has been an engeneer for 30 years and admits he has never used any of this stuff. It's a big waste of time as far as I'm concerned. Plus I can't remember it for any length of time, as soon as the test is over, it's gone. I'm going to have to go back and relearn everything to take the final.
The only real positive I can see is that after all this math, nothing else will seem hard.
I cannot wait for the math to be finished. I can only take one class at a time because ALL of my study time is taken up with studying math. When this is over then I will be able to take a couple of classes a semester at least. It's going to take me forever doing it this way but I can't afford to quit work.
I hope I didn't offend any of you math people out there.