# Who likes math?Comment if you like math. Comment if you don't. If you ask me I'd say I used to but now because it got so frustrating and hard.

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I don't like arithmetic. I don't like adding fractions when I'm cooking, or trying to divide a restaurant bill among friends. I don't like adding or subtracting, multiplying or dividing numbers larger than about 20. This is the math that I have to do everyday, but I don't like it.

I love the rest of it.

That ferns and lungs and mountain ranges are fractals, that all the music you've ever heard is based on the twelfth root of two, that snail shells and galactic arms are the same shape, for the same reason, that infinity can be big or small - these are the ideas that make math beautiful and meaningful to me.

Your cell phone works because of math. In part because of Galois theory, scrawled out by a 20-year-old the day before he was killed in a duel over a girl 200 years ago.

It's okay if you don't understand most of it - no one does (there's so much math now that no one can know it all) - but please appreciate that math is the one human pursuit that seeks truth in its purest form. Math is essential for our civilization - for any civilization - to thrive and make sense of the world.

But remember, as a human endeavor, math is as much yours as it is anyone's. Just as we all share language and the need to communicate (and you don't hear people saying "I just hate language"), we all have the need to recognize patterns, make sense of what we experience, and guess what will come next.

So don't let a bad taste from math class sour your appreciation for the symmetry you see in a snowflake, or prevent you from trying to find out why flowers show so many Fibonacci numbers. Math is not about adding money - it's about seeing beauty that money can't buy.

I love math, but I didn't always. When I was in college and I actually started to *use* the math I had learned in high school, it all suddenly made so much sense. As a subject mathematics is beautiful; pure, logical, and connected to everything around you. The problem is that students are almost never taught the theoretical side first; instead, we have them concentrate on gaining the skill set.

Learning math skills is just like learning any other skill -you have to practice. Consider what you have to do to become a good basketball player; lots of drills where you practice a single skill like passing or doing a layup over and over. When you are really playing the game, those skills are embedded in it, and they have to come naturally for you to be a good player. Math is like that, too. Doing practice drills for homework is not any fun, but neither is passing a basketball over and over. But you can't put the skills together and feel the flow until you do the practice.

Mathematics alone appears to be the universally hated subject by students. Yes, it's hard and frustrating, but I'm wondering if part of that is due to the way the brain develops and is wired. I've had poor math teachers and disliked the subject for the stated reasons; the few times I got a good teacher I did very well. Part of the problem are the instructors; they may be good in math, but poor in teaching. The symbolic manipulation required by math may not be efficiently done by most 10 to 20 year old's brains; maybe most brains cannot handle the abstractions until they get older. Most kids don't seem to have a problem with the "concrete" branches of Mathematics (arithmetic, etc.) because they can relate to Mary having 5 apples and John having 3; it seems you lose kids around the time of fractions and the rest are lost by the time of algebra.

Admittedly, I have always done fairly well when it comes to schoolwork. Out of all the subjects, though, math was the one I had done well, let's just say, not the best in. Granted, my grades were far from poor, but, compared to language, literature, vocabulary, spelling, etc., math scores were lower.

Then, when I was hired to teach in a middle school, I was placed into the math department, and eventually, put in charge of the middle school math curriculum. I have grown to like math. It started gradually at first, but now, I actually find myself enjoying to complete math problems, especially the most difficult ones, because those are the ones that I present to my students, and that we work on together.

For most of my life, I think my like or dislike of math completely depended on my teacher. Actually, that's really true of *all* my classes. If I really liked and respected a particular teacher, I tended to enjoy his or her class, no matter what the subject was.

I think there are some really great teachers out there, and some really not-great teachers, and it is unfortunate that the not-great ones can make more of an impression than the great ones. The key, for me, to success in math, was to find someone who could communicate the method in a way I could understand. Sometimes that was my teacher. Many times it was another student in my class.

Best of luck.

I am not a math fan once it gets any more complicated than the kinds of math I need to live my everyday life: money issues, measuring square footage, etc. That said, I am an English teacher for a reason. I think that if you like math you will be drawn to fields that require your math skills, but if you don't like math you will be naturally drawn to fields that don't require it. If you don't like math I can't imagine a career in Accounting holds very much appeal! Just as, if you don't like or excel at language arts you aren't going to be called to be a novelist, an English teacher, or a journalist.

I have long disliked math, but I recognize that my ignorance of math is a huge shortcoming in my education. I would urge you to resist -- as I did not -- the impulse to avoid math. Instead, try to find a good tutor, even if that person is simply a friend. If math can be explained clearly, skills in math are wonderful skills to have. In other words, don't make the same mistakes I did! Good luck!

I must admit, as an English teacher and as a student who always struggled a lot more with mathematics and other scientific subjects, I found it difficult to see the relevance of mathematics. However, even as an English teacher, and just as somebody who has to live a life with a family and financially budget, mathematics is such an important skill to have for life.

While I do not necessarily like math, I do see the importance in having basic math skills. Math is part of our everyday lives. We simply cannot get around it. Think about it: we calculate if we have enough money to buy things we want (or need), we count to see if our change is correct, and we measure out ingredients for cooking.

I always hated math as a student, but I spent more time studying and doing math homework than any other subject. I became an English teacher, but I certainly recognize the importance of becoming proficient in the lower levels of math for daily usage.

Who likes math?Comment if you like math. Comment if you don't.

If you ask me I'd say I used to but now because it got so frustrating and hard.

hey welcome to the club!:-)

i hate maths...more so geometry because algebra is not soo bad. i feel it much better than geometry!! i hate the graphs coz i just never seem to understand them!!!:-p

Math is logical and testable. Students who hate math also hate physics and chemistry for the same reasons. It is sad, because such beauty remains opague to so many.

I wonder if students might enjoy math more readily if, instead of seeing it as an endless list of rules to be memorized, they are presented with an evolving set of tools to be incorporated into their repertoire, much as an apprenticed carpenter aquires new tools and, through practice, the skills to use them effectively. Or, much as a budding musician acquires skills with an evolving set of instruments, languages, and structures. Or, really, much as any artist learns the craft. Much of this is abstract, yet young minds readily grasp it.

Then again, that's work and I don't think work is welcomed in today's schools.