Were you horrified?
If you were, you might have been horrified at the wrong thing.
We should be horrified – but at math classes!
Math classes are traditionally boring, frustrating, embarrassing and all around damaging to the soul. Precisely one of the reasons Paul Lockhart wrote his “A Mathematician’s Lament” (get the free pdf here).
The Children’s Place isn’t insulting women or girls – it’s (rightfully) insulting math classes!
I even hate math classes!
I’m teach classes that are jam packed full of algorithms and have a required-to-pass departmental final exam at the end.
My heart breaks everytime I force this stuff down students’ throats.
I do what I can (and am learning lots about how to manage it), but generally even my math classes are miserable.
I, also, would prefer classes in music and dance!
But math is promoted on the t-shirt!
And who can resist all the money math in shopping? You just can’t shop without doing math.
So if your best subjects are Shopping, Music and Dancing – then you’re pretty darn good at math!
Get the shirt – or make the shirt.
If you can’t get it (they’ve pulled it from the shelves), make a shirt that says, “I hate math class!” Wear it. Wear it to math class. Wear it as a teacher in math class!
It’s time to tell the world that math class should be beautiful, enjoyable and wonderful.
Just like music, dancing and shopping.
Thoughts? Share them in the comments…
This post may contain affiliate links. When you use them, you support us so we can continue to provide free content!