- Posted by Johanna on February 19, 2006 at 11:09 am
- Category: Meta
What a great observation: people who think math is useless don’t know how to do it. It’s a simple case of sour grapes, made worse by a weird perception that it’s “math vs. English”.
I’m a college math major myself, and in school, I tutored a variety of people who had all kinds of preconceptions getting in their way. I seemed to have some luck treating calculus as another language, one they had to have translated for them … it got them through the basics, anyway. Anyone can do math if they approach it properly, just as anyone can dance if taught well. They may not be great at it or feel it comes naturally, but the basics are learnable by anyone willing to work to do so.