Well Guess What . . .

on February 8, 2010

“Instead of having “answers” on a math test, they should just call them “impressions,” and if you got a different “impression,” so what, can’t we all be brothers?” Jack Handey


I came across an article about math and girls.  This one was called “Mind the Gap: Who Falls Prey to the Math Gender Gap?” It’s about the stereotype of girls not being good at math and what’s being done to combat this.  Here’s the deal — I’m a girl.  I don’t think I’m dumb.  But I still DON’T LIKE MATH.  Please don’t try and make me like math just to make me equal to the boys!!   I don’t want to!!!! (apologies to all those who hate people who use multiple exclamation points  to prove their point!!!!!!)   I just really don’t like math!

I’m okay with basic math — the kind that helps me figure out whether I have money in the bank or if my department at work will hit their plan.   Anything other than that – I’m totally okay for them to leave that to the rocket scientist for those who so choose to pursue  said career.  I really don’t care if more boys like math or are good at math than girls.  I’m not saying that girls shouldn’t have a chance to be good at math — I’m just saying — don’t make me them.

Words are much more friendly.  Words can be convincing – unlike math.  In math 1+1=2.  But in words 1+1 can equal 2 or perhaps I can convince you that it equals 4 or 6 or 1.  In fact — it can equal 2 to you and for me it can very well equal 3 and I’m still really okay that it equals 2 for you.

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