Americans are Mathematically Illiterate

2 Mar 2009 /
Boy doing math problems

If anyone ever told you there’s no reason to learn math in school, they are absolutely right!

Americans are so mathematically illiterate that you’re better off learning to speak Klingon if you want anyone to understand you.

I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve walked through a mathematical demonstration of some concept and gotten back a reply like “Well I don’t see any reason why . . .” or “Let’s have a meeting to discuss that.”

God, it’s painful.

If you’re still in school, don’t bother learning any more math than you absolutely have to. It’ll just come back to haunt you.

3 Comments on Americans are Mathematically Illiterate »

  1. MS


    3 Mar 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    Hostile Witness-

    The lesson to learn here is not to let math get in the way of achieving a goal. Use it to your advantage, not to your disadvantage. Don’t kill the goal on the drawing board by insisting on making it a complex math problem that no one wants to or has time to understand. You risk undermining the end goal unless that goal is to make your peers realize the high level of your knowledge of mathematics.

  2. 3 Mar 2009 @ 10:57 pm

    Hi MS –

    That’s what they said to Galileo at the Inquisition. They may have substituted “science” for “math.”

  3. MS


    3 Mar 2009 @ 11:21 pm

    Choose your battles wisely, Galileo…

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