Why is it socially acceptable to avoid simple math? We were out for dinner and at the next table, we heard one man say, ‘just tell me what I owe because I can’t do math’. The 10 year old with me was horrified and blurted out, ‘he can’t even do simple calculations?!? How embarrassing for him.’ She was amazed that he admitted this freely and she thought this man wouldn’t proudly announce that he couldn’t read.
To highlight our experience, we took advantage of her older sister’s creative talents and made this stop motion video:
Please note: all the awesomeness is from the young girls and all the mistakes are mine!
So why do people admit that they have limited math skills but would hide limited literacy skills? We had a great discussion but I don’t think I had any good answers. Do you? By the way, this is the same girl who asked if conservation efforts stop evolution so she is looking for some real answers.
I shared the following XKCD comic with her to show her that her question isn’t new.
So, what do you think? Why is it acceptable to be ‘bad at math’?