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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?

Topics: education math

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  • Mar 8 2013: It's interesting to see how these comments have turned out. I think it's odd that there has emerged this idea that math is this beauteous abstract art and should be taught as such (which I completely agree with), but on the other hand there is this other idea that math is this great tool that is used absolutely everywhere, and that it is taught in a way that doesn't relate it enough to life as it should be (this I also agree with). But the thing I find most interesting is that they're both used arguing for the same thing: math is good, but taught badly. Personally I think that both of the ideas are terrible alone, and should both be implemented. It should definitely be pointed out (more like screamed in their faces) that math is this incredibly useful tool that can be used in literally any situation, and taught in a way that reinforces this. But I see no reason to not teach kids the wondrous beauty of the art of mathematics; just not everyone. I think that math as a core required class should be how it's useful in the real world, but aside from that why not throw math in as a non-required class too, where the art of math is taught.

    I'm astounded at the thoughtfulness of the answers I'm getting, and I'm surprised at the direction the conversation has gone. I hope this continues, it'll give me something to think about.
    Man TED is just amazing.

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