Some Unconventional Advice Your Math Teacher Probably Won’t Approve Of

Now I’m no tutor. In fact, I might be dumber than you.

You stupid rock why would I take advice from a dumb person.

Ahem you’re sentence contained the word “why” leading me to believe that you incorrectly placed a perio-

Whatever just give me the advice so I can thumbs down this article.

Ok, ok jeez no need to be rude gosh.


Hello!

I just took an incredibly easy math test. It was only 5 questions and it might have taken me a minute. So at the end of all my tests, along with the score I received, I also have the option to see the class average, so I can measure up how I did to my classmates.

So as you can imagine, I was shocked to see that the class average for this particular test was fairly low – 60%.

UM, EARTH TO YOU GUYS! This is the easiest test we’ve had all unit! And I know exactly why I scored significantly higher than my peers…

And I’m not trying to brag or be rude or say how much smarter I am, ok? And the truth is…

I get the problems right, cause I do the problems wrong.

Wouldn’t Thomas Pain be just devastated to hear that alas, all common sense has been stashed away in some foreign chamber located in the deep dark depths of our brain, and in the place of it, there’s this thing some like to call…. Common. Core.

Who would replace “sense” with “core”. It’s stupid. It’s like an apple core, that you throw in the trash, because it’s EMPTY.

Ok enough with the dumbness I’m here to tell you something important. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my math teacher – she’s great! I mean just look at this screenshot:

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She treats us to her spendid singing on a daily basis. She’s cool.

And BECAUSE I love her, I volunteer. Like a lot. In every one of her classes, she has a plethora of math problems in the need of SOLVE-ation. Haha, get it, get it? No…? Ok.

And I have anothor classmate, Holly, and she also loves to volunteer. So Mrs. Grunewald’s classes go a little bit like this:

Mrs. G: MY WONDERFUL, AMAZING STUDENTS! *happy happy joy joy* Who would like to volunteer to solve this math problem? Anyone, anyone?

Me and Holly: *has our fingers waiting on the Raise Hand button* *immediately clicks the button rapidly as soon as we hear the syllable V in a desperate attempt to be first*

Mrs. G: Holly, Kassidy…wonderful, yes. Do we have any other volunteers?

*crickets chirp*

Mrs. G: Greeeeaaaaaaat! Ok (Holly or Kassidy) you’re up.

Then me and Holly take turns solving 20+ problems for the rest of the session because nobody else volunteers.

I think I’ve made my point. 🙂

But a lot of the time, when I’m joyfully solving my problems, and having a merry old time, and when I proudly present my answer to Mrs. G on a gold platter, she says something along these lines:

“Well, yes and no.” *whoopee cushion deflates*

B-b-but, I did everything you asked. I solved the problem. What more do you want? And let me show you how solve the problem.

Problem: 2+2 = ?

Me: 2+2 = 4. OOOOH MRS.G I’M DONEEE!!!!

Given, the problem is much more complicated, but I will spare the details because, well…math.

And Mrs. G goes, “You got the answer right, but let me show you the proper way to solve this.”

Problem: 2+2 = ?

Mrs. G: cv4_7
=4.

This happens often.

So, long story short: I use my common sense to solve a problem.

My advice to you: Use your common sense to solve a problem.

And I get it, you need to know this stuff. So take note of the formulas, the acronyms, the loooong complex math your teacher uses to solve a simple equation, and learn it. But hey. Just sometimes, you can save yourself the trouble, and take a second to look at the problem like a normal human being, instead of like a mathematician.

I know how to do what she does, but I choose to do it the logical way, the way that’s obvious the second you look at the problem, and the way that makes sense. And I know that most likely, the reason my classmates are getting failing grades on simple tests is because they flip out thinking of all the weird crap they’re gonna have to do to solve this problem, when it’s actually simple enough to solve in your head.

So there’s your advice from a rock.

Peace. 8cccad3a05bff4242557c3a90cc179e1

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Josh Wolf

          Josh Wolf is a freelance journalist and blogger who, in 2006, was jailed for refusing to turn over unpublished video footage he shot during a street brawl in San Francisco, CA. Furthermore, when asked to testify before a U.S. Grand Jury, he declined, and wouldn’t budge in his decision.

          Despite Wolf’s case seeming potentially reasonable, none of the rights in the first amendment are applicable, and therefore can offer him no protection in the court. For example:

  1. The grand jury is not prohibiting the free exercise of a religion.

  2. The grand jury is not abridging his freedom of speech, nor press, but rather requesting to see the footage which he has not made public.

  3. The grand jury is not prohibiting Wolf from peacefully assembling, and neither are they prohibiting him from petitioning.

Therefore, a call to the first amendment would be invalid in this particular case.

          Moreover, Wolf defends himself with the shield law, which protects journalists from having to reveal confidential sources. While in an ordinary case, I believe this would have been sufficient in keeping Wolf out of jail and his video unpublic, this case was different in that Wolf’s sources could have possibly contained footage of attempted arson on a government-financed vehicle.

          In conclusion, Wolf was put in jail temporarily and the grand jury was able to gain access to Wolf’s footage.

What do YOU think? Should Josh Wolf have been able to keep his video footage private, or was it just for the grand jury to investigate?