…until I had to teach it to my children!
I am learning so much from Kelsey’s basic math course. (I’ll tell you some cool things in another post) It amazes me how little I know about math as an adult, after attending public school for 13 years, and then college for what ended up in a bachelor’s degree. (That’s nothing to be impressed with, let me tell you, if I can get a degree anyone can.) I was never good at math and I took Algebra twice in high school and twice in college. I was ahead in math up until I hit Algebra.
I don’t think that my inability to grasp Algebra was because of a lack of intelligence but rather because of a lack of maturity and interest. I was one of those goofballs that had to take a Basic Math course in college. The first time I took Algebra in college I got a D and then I tried again a few years later and I got an A or a B, can’t remember, but it was easy for me in my 20s. I later took Trigonometry in college one semester because it fit my schedule and I got a B. Math wasn’t as difficult anymore, but I had chosen a major which did not require much math so I was free.
Teaching my children is teaching me to enjoy and not to fear Math. I’ve learned that sometimes people aren’t ready for a topic or a concept and if they aren’t ready it’s a waste of their time and life to force or demand proficiency in that subject. This is easy to see with reading and children but I can now see it with children and teenagers when it comes to math.
Just a thought on how I was terrible at math and always hated it until I was older.