I am not a numbers person. I do not have dyscalculia, which is a kind of numbers dyslexia, that Mich posted about today over at Sick B*tch, and her post is certainly worth reading. I do sympathize with her, though. My mother and brother are both CPAs, my husband deals with numbers and calculations all day. They seem to think better in numbers and equations than I do. They’re even more likely to win those stupid how many M&Ms are in the jar contests than I am.

I’m not going to say I can’t do math, because I can. I just have to work at it. Amber’s taking algebra this year, getting As by the way, and will be in geometry next year and I’ll be able to keep up, but it’ll be the third time I’ve learned the subjects. The first was when I went through school. The second time was when my husband went back to community college. I have to relearn the concepts each time.

Math is important and we all use it everyday. It’s how I know if I have enough cash in my pocket for lunch, how many shopping days are left until Easter. Granted it’s simple math, but I don’t do much complicated stuff unless it’s helping Amber with homework. But I can do it. I may have to sketch a number line occasionally, or draw a picture to work out a word problem, but I am capable.

I am not so much capable of winning Power Grid. I come close occasionally, but never quite manage it. Maybe I should pull out paper and pencil next time we play.

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about Amber’s math classes before this school year started. I picked up a few used books and I ‘ve only had to refer to them a couple of times, but they are quite useful. The images link to Amazon.com.

I’m going to quote a bit from Cathy at mathbabe from the letter to a high school student she posted on 11/11/13 because I like what she has to say. I think it fits for a lot of people who don’t feel they’re as good at math as others.

But it’s not a race. Mathematics is patient and doesn’t mind. Think of it, your slowness, or lack of quickness, as a *style* thing but not as a shortcoming.

In reality, mostly of being good at math is really about *how much you want to spend your time doing math*. And I guess it’s true that if you’re slower you have to want to spend more time doing math, but if you love doing math then that’s totally fine. Plus, thinking about things overnight always helps me. So sleeping about math counts as time spent doing math.

Math is not a competitive sport. It’s one of the only existing truly crowd-sourced projects of society, and that makes it highly collaborative and community-oriented, even if the awards and prizes and media narratives about “precocious geniuses” would have you believing the opposite. And once again, it’s been around a long time and is patient to be added to by you when you have the love and time and will to do so.

## 11 comments on M is for Math

I’m generally OK at math (so long as I have a spreadsheet handy), but I don’t like it. Just one of those unfortunate necessities of life. 🙂

My A to Z Challenge

My husband loves spreadsheets – me not so much.

Ugh math! I just got lost when we had to do x+y and in my head it did not make sense

I have to re-learn math every time it becomes important to me, too. Next time around, I’ll be using the books by Danica McKellar for girls. I wished they’d been around the first time I learned math.

I saw those, but thought my daughter would be turned off by titles like Kiss My Math or Girls Get Curves. She’s kinda anti-stereotypical teen girl things.

I really like that quote. It’s too bad schools don’t realize that. I was always good at math and ended up being the neighborhood math tutor when Vance was in high school.

I’m horrible at math, which is why I have an English/Writing degree, lol. My oldest daughter is in 3rd grade and I’ve had to start using a calculator to check her division homework oiy! Great post for the letter ‘M’!

Finley Jayne

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I like the quote – and yes it does enter my dreams in one way or another

I know. I thought of you when I saw that.

Math is so not my thing. And my husband is a portfolio manager so he looks at numbers all day long too. He still rolls his eyes when I ask him a question about Excel since he uses it religiously.

My husband loves Excel.