I'm Taking A Stand Against Math Classes... Here's Why You Should Too

I'm Taking A Stand Against Math Classes... Here's Why You Should Too

Is it really worth my time?

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Math is not my thing. It has never been — no matter what type of math, the teacher, or level of difficulty, I have never liked it. Even when I understand it, (which is rare), I don't like it. However, I have now taken it for 14 years and counting. I have suffered through statistics, pre-algebra, algebra, algebra 2, trigonometry, and everything in between. Even this year, as a college freshman with a double major in journalism and sociology- both humanities and English-based subjects- I still am in a math class.

However, shortly into this semester, I noticed that many of my friends and peers who are currently in more science/math based majors are not required to take an English class. When talking with freshman and math major Peyton Brown, she claimed she has yet to even write a paper this academic school year. However, I regularly attend my math class three days a week and have now taken three exams. If math is not applicable to my major, shouldn't I be able to avoid taking a it, just as she does English?

Now I am not saying that there are not very valuable lessons and skills that can be gained from math. However, I know now, as I have for years, that math is not what I want to do in my future. And although I do believe that the core principals of math can be, and is, very useful if not vital to daily life, I simply will not use the majority of math I have learned in my life or desired career. Math classes should instead teach the math required to file taxes, loans, car payments, insurance, etc.- topics that students gain more value from and are more applicable to their futures, which would, therefore, create a stronger desire within students to learn. There is a very large difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and requiring students to take classes they do not want to not only puts them in a frustrating position, but takes their time away from classes that can better help them grow, learn, and develop both as an individual and scholar.

It is because of this that I believe we should even the playing field- if math majors are not required to take English, English majors should not be required to take math. I strongly believe that while there should be a core level of education on every subject, we should give greater freedom to students to choose when they wish to stop taking a subject. Because if you're anything like me, you knew by high school that math was simply not something you wanted to pursue.

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5 Reasons The Mountains Are Better Than The Beach

Sorry I said it, but it's true

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1. There's more to do

at the beach, there are only a few things to do, and they all pretty much come down to just relaxing, and while this can be, and is great, the mountains give you many more options when it comes to daily activities

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2. It is not just seasonal

The beach is great... but only in the summer. The mountains are amazing year-round and are not dependent on the the weather. Whether it's mountain biking, hiking, skiing, climbing, kayaking, etc., you can always find something to do, no matter the weather or season.

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3. It is an escape from the city

the mountains are less crowded, slower-paced and simply a new scene. You no longer have to worry about beating the lines and finding a good spot on the beach

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4. You'll connect more with nature

being in the woods with nature is simply a feeling that can't be replicated anywhere else

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5. Still, have beaches

They'll be lake-beaches, but the mountains still have them, giving you, as Miley Cyrus once said, "the best of both worlds".

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