Some of my teachers had a positive effect on me in that, they tried to show me the importance of Math and how it is applicable to my life. Other teachers gave negative influence and was completely unware that they were doing so. As mentioned before, not being able to do and understand everything within the time frame that the teachers allotted, caused me to feel as though I was not smart enough to understand the concepts. Help was given from friends and peers when necessary whether in the form of assistance with given work or explaining concepts that were not understood. I came from a household where Math is abstained from on all sides.
If positivity is absent during math, students will begin to doubt and devalue their math skills. These positive messages can then override whatever they have heard in the past. Unfortunately, math is different than other subjects, it “…is taught in ways that are not used by other subject teachers, and people hold beliefs about mathematics that they do not hold about other subjects” (Boaler 21). Alongside the negative messages of math comes the crippling exams and tests that come along with math students seem to have high anxieties about. Math is tested more frequently than any other subject in the U.S. (Boaler 21), which can be exhausting and debilitating.
"Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers. "~Shakuntala Devi. In "Teaching Kids Why Math Matters", Cindy Donaldson builds an argument that math will be in our lives for as long as we know it.
Why is it so hard to fall in love with someone, you really love, you deeply care about, because of something the society has decided against? Why is it so hard, to try something new just because the world has decided on a method to do it? Why is it so hard to speak, of your true feelings just because what you feel is a tad bit different than how the world feels about the same? Why? ...why?..
Consequently, I asked my Grandmother why she did not want me to go to the school; being that she was the person who did not want me to go to the school the most. The reason she did not want me to go the school because she believed that I would not have a regular high school life. Which, I would reply to her the same way I would always reply to her when she would say that to me. I went through months of hearing the same argument and each time I would get angry. The worst part was when it was time for me to go to the school and be tested to get into the school.
Critique: Math Is a Waste for Most “Math Is a Waste for Most” (2008), by Florida criminal law attorney Sam Fields, explores a number of perceived disadvantages of required math classes. Fields’ passion driven article opposes the Florida legislature’s ruling that Algebra II be a requisite for High school graduation. He begins by expressing his personal experiences with advanced math classes. He asserts that his ability to get far in his career without being proficient at high level math shows that higher math skills are not important for every student to learn. He continues his argument by acknowledging that new technology has a strong influence in the mathematical world.
Why Should People Attend College… Many people attend college but don’t understand all that comes with the benefit of attending college. There are people that don’t get the opportunity to attend college because of many reasons like having kids early, financial issues, and some just believe they are not smart enough to really make it. Though I don’t find the last excuse a valid enough reason to not attend school, a lot of people use that excuse to justify why they are not going to school. But let me just tell you, you are truly missing out on a great college experience and all the good things college must offer due to you not attending. The many good things college must offer is it broadens your horizon, helps you network, better opportunities,
Student should know that every person has his/ her ability and interest, for example, some people good at problem solving issues or questions, while others prefer memorizing and direct questions. That is way student should not underestimate anyone and predict they have cheated. They should not loss the hope just because average student get higher marks than him / her. Even though some teenagers may cheat, they should not consider the idea of cheating as a very simple way to get high grades without any effort control their actions. So, instead of watching how much people get in exams and learning from them new methods of cheating, they should ask themselves what is wrong in their way of studying and how can they improve their weaknesses.