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Wed Dec 4, 2013, 01:44 PM

70. This is an American cultural trade

 

Not you personally. Not all of the US but a dominant trait in at least three cultural regions.

Look, I used to think physics was well stupid. Why do I need to do this shitty pulley experiment? (That was first grade junior high). Same goes for algebra.

Fast forwards a few years setting up a pulley system to pull somebody up from a deep canyon. After doing the math, that same silly formula I decided was useless at 11, we decided to play it safe and take five more minutes to set a 4:1 advantage system instead of a 3:1 system. It had a margin of safety for me, the patient and the second medic to rappel down the mountain, and the gear to go with us. You will never believe how heavy those stokes baskets are.

I find myself using that algebra regularly, which some idiots want to remove from junior high as too difficult for little Johnny to do. As to the pre calc, I hated it. I don't use it, I don't resent it. It's part of that education, even if it's all Greek to me.

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