So lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of things making fun of cashiers or other people being unable to do mental math, and I just wanna say, to everyone who mocks those people, or who thinks they’re stupid, or who “worry for their generation” when someone can’t mentally work out, say, how much change you get if you give them $10 when your order was like $7.38?
FUCK YOU. No, really. Fuck you.
Those cashiers aren’t “stupid”, they aren’t “being lazy”, they aren’t uneducated. Guess what? SOME PEOPLE CANNOT DO MENTAL MATH. At all. Their brains just cannot process it and so if you break their concentration or give them something beyond the very basic 10s or what not? They naturally are going to get confused.
I had a mental test today which tested me with mental math. Counting down from 100, we subtracted 7 each time. You know how far I got before I completely lost track and got confused? 93. That’s right, just the second time I didn’t know what to do. Because hey, guess what, I can’t do mental math. My brain isn’t wired that way.
So if you mock someone for not knowing how to count anything in their heads, regardless of what it is? You’re a terrible, shitty person.
i never considered doing a mathematics degree until I met a bunch of math majors in the same class as me, and realized they were just as bad at math as I was. then I was like well shit damn I can study whatever the fuck I want everyone sucks at everything.
Folks often act like you need to be some sort of math genius to be a computer programmer, but in practice, I find that my skills as a writer end up helping me more than my skills as a mathematician.
Programming is basically explaining what you want to happen.
Just, like, you’re explaining it to a helpful but exceedingly literal-minded space alien from the Eleventh Dimension who’s only had physical existence described to them, so you need to choose your words carefully!
There’s all these stories of famous mathematicians, physicists, and other scientists, who were poor but by chance got lucky and found, and vastly improved the world of science and mathematics, because they got lucky.
This doesn’t mean that other poor people didn’t just rise up for the community because they weren’t smart enough. No. Capitalist has hindered our scientific and mathematical advancements, everyone poor who vastly contributed to our world all acknowledge how lucky they got, and so many are not afforded this luck.
There are just as many people passionated, dedicated, and clever enough to make further advancements in our society who will never be given the chance to add to our society. That’s what capitalism has done to us. It has made education a thing for the rich and lucky, not for all. If education was for all and failure wasn’t penalized we would move so much further as a society.