Such a trite subject line doncha think?

After whimpering in frustration over my math work, I have to just rant.

I have to say that math is the most useless subjects ever known to man. My teacher, for example, has taught math for many years. He told us stories of countless students dropping his class, he even went as far as to say that many students have ran out of his classroom in tears. When he said that, I laughed to myself, but today I nearly cried over a math problem. I don’t consider myself smart, intelligent, or anything like that. But for only being 19, I do think of myself being slightly ‘ahead’ of the normal people my age. When I am doing math I feel like a toddler, it’s degrading, it feels like I am being slapped and reminded that I’m some stupid bafoon.

It wouldn’t be so bad if math had an actual application in real life, but it doesn’t. Yes, I might think mathematically, but requiring me to multiply the same number ad nauseam for no other purpose of just ‘knowing how’ is stupid. (Yes, that’s right. It’s stupid)

What bugs me the most is the math scholars at my campus. They hang these posters around the school which reads “You WILL need this some day” and lists 20 jobs out of a sea of thousands which requires the usage of mathematics beyond basic algebra. Granted, I want to be a Pharmacist, so I have to get to math 171 (and I’m at 105 and struggling) yet when I talked to a Pharmacist they told me that they don’t even use math beyond basic measurements! So what’s the point?

I’ve never heard of someone running out of an English class, Government, or even a Science (Non-Chem) class in tears. Yet I hear about it all the time when math is involved. IMO, there seems to be some misconception that only the ‘smart’ people can be good at mathematics. Then they have the nerve to base many IQ tests on mathematical skills as if math defines someone’s intelligence or capacity to learn. If it were up to me, math would be optional after basic algebra.

It appears to me that math scholars desperately pull at straws to justify this as a subject. I’m infuriated that I need to master calculus to be a Pharmacist when you don’t even need anything beyond metrical conversions for the job. It’s ridiculous, waste of money, your money (Government pays for my tuition), and waste of perfectly good Kleenex.

In all seriousness, is there anyone around who was really bad at math and now is good at it? I’m willing to try anything. Heh