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Why does everyone hate math?

Going to school (as I do on a daily basis), you see tons of different people with different interests (as I imagine you would in most situations). So everyday I see my friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and everyone else in my grade, and the vast majority of them just don't like math. I just want to know why. Personally I love math, like all caps LOVE math, but I just can't get why it's just decided that no one is going to like math. Of all of the subjects to hate, why does everyone gravitate towards math? Is it just that it's taught badly (which I could very easily see), does everyone just see it as useless to know that x=2 when 12x+7=31, or is it that you just went with the crowd? But for all you math haters, why? And if you don't hate math like me, what made you go against everyone else?

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    Mar 7 2013: i would suggest a missing link between math and reality. if we give real hard problems to people, and then explain how math solves that problem, suddenly they start to like it.

    sadly, most "math people" don't like that approach, and they want to treat math as abstract as possible. they just like the internal structure of mathematical constructs. but this is not the way to reach the average pedestrian.

    i think wolfram explained it quite well, i'm just repeating stuff here. give people tools to understand and model the flow of water or air through a complex set of walls and obstacles. give them tools to solve equation systems. and teach them how to describe real problems using equation systems. i don't care about the equation systems. i don't care about their classification. i want to solve and understand real world problems.
    • Mar 7 2013: I like both approaches. I think that your idea would be really cool, and that it would be a great substitute to the current math program, but personally (being one of those "math people") I don't think that's enough. I think that math should be also taught in it's pure and abstract way, but only in an elective type class. I think that if you get students to recognize that math is both an art and a tool, more people would like math (maybe even enough to keep a math elective running).
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        Mar 7 2013: i would claim that abstract thinking to common thinking is like opera to pop music. not for everyone. special classes, sure. category theory in highschoolers' face! (if they so desire)

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