It’s a common assertion of mine that many Math classes and Math requirements are silly. Furthermore, I assert that most students would be better served by not futzing around with their Math classes. I would like to present another exhibit my ongoing case against the majority of Math classes.
I read a tweet not too long ago that said:
6th grade math problems be like: “what’s 1/3 dozen less than ten times as many” like bitch tf this isn’t even math it’s a fucking riddle
As you probably deduced from the tweet, this person was trying to help a 6th grader with their Math work. It’s these kinds of problems that really get me vex me. I do understand the importance of numeracy and whatnot, but so many Math “exercises” just seem so convoluted and silly.
Which brings me another great Math-related article I read last year. It was about a very confusingly-phrased 3rd-grade Math problem that stumped the Internet (it was shared all over social media and people of all ages and backgrounds were flummoxed). The problem read:
Janell had 15 marbles. She lost some of them. How many does Janell have now?
I suppose the answer is “15-X,” but I don’t care all that much. It’s the phrasing and presentation of the question that I want to draw attention to.
If you’re a high school or college students who’s be tasked with this sort of Mathematical silliness, feel free to contact us anytime to do the work for you. I’m sure you have better things to do than messing around with silly riddles.