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Old 08-15-2007, 11:37 PM   #21
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I hated math becaue I have never seen how I would need it in real life.

However, with me wanting to become a firefighter, I have been looking into stuff and I see where some of the algebra and geometry they taught me will come in.

If they would have explained this all to me back then, I would have cared more.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:45 PM   #22
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I hated math becaue I have never seen how I would need it in real life.

However, with me wanting to become a firefighter, I have been looking into stuff and I see where some of the algebra and geometry they taught me will come in.

If they would have explained this all to me back then, I would have cared more.
for sure. trigonometry or calculus didnt mean shit to me in school, caust, it was presented as a bunch of useless boring word problems combining letters and numbers. if they woulda taught what those letters were supposed to represent in real life, practical applications i wouldve understood and cared more.

like i said, we are taught backwards. if i was taught about space exploration in the 60's first and then how trig and cal made it all possible it woulda been easier to learn.

as it was, i was taught a bunch of letters, numbers, formulas, and left on my own to figure out when and where it was actually applied.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:55 PM   #23
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I think another problem with the public education establishment beyond simply teaching concepts without explaining their applicability to real life is the fact that it is now just starting to catch on to the notion that not everyone learns the same way. For generations, they have literally forced the same cookie cutter learning model on every kid, while branding the kids that cannot learn effectively within that model as "dumb," which leads back to Tony's point of pigeonholing kids into the "working class."
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:03 AM   #24
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I didn't get anything above a "D" in math until the 4th grade when I had a tutor. Once she couldn't tutor anymore, I was back to "F" and "D" until the 7th grade. In the 7th grade, I started to finally catch on.

Back then, if I got a "D", it was reason to be happy. Everything else was "A", "B", and sometimes a "C" except for my one year of catholic school where a "C" was 80%.
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I didn't get anything above a "D" in math until the 4th grade when I had a tutor. Once she couldn't tutor anymore, I was back to "F" and "D" until the 7th grade. In the 7th grade, I started to finally catch on.

Back then, if I got a "D", it was reason to be happy. Everything else was "A", "B", and sometimes a "C" except for my one year of catholic school where a "C" was 80%.
Dang..

I graduated from highschool with a 1.95... and that was only because i had a few A's and B's my senior year.

I hated math. Got D's in it, a B one time in geometry, but failed the next semester. Then went to summer school. Went back the next semester and took Trig. Failed it and was done with math. Why? Cause I could have cared less about it.

Now? I find it interesting, but could still care less about the specifics.

Funny thing... the higher in my education I went, the better GPA I got. That is probably because each step became more specific, and held my attention that much more.
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I think the problem is that many Americans are just the immigrants and are not really interested in the history of USA.
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