Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

Heart of the City

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  1. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    I’m getting a bit tired of Math jokes. So much repetition makes it sound cool to be math illiterate when actually it is sad. Math is a necessary basic skill in today’s society and the lack of it is just as much a handicap as the loss of an arm or leg.

    Math is not hard when it is taught well but all the constant barrage of “I can’t/don’t do Math” poisons students before they even get started into a self-fulfilling prophesy.

  2. A Common 'tater

    A Common 'tater said, 6 months ago

    @TheSkulker

    I’m not sure I agree with you… Since the 70s we’ve electronic calculators… at this moment I’m within easy reach of four different calculators… and I was brought up on slide-rules and log-tables, so I’ve a pretty solid background in maths but I never use it any more.
    But English, yes, That I do feel we should have a better foundation. And good teaching practices are essential too.

  3. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @A Common 'tater

    But what if you don’t one of those?

  4. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @TheSkulker

    Is Abbot right or wrong according to Common Core?

  5. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, 6 months ago

    @A Common 'tater

    Well … the shopkeepers must love to see you walk into their shops !! (the dishonest ones, at least).


    If you were brought up with slide rules and log tables then you should know that these were tools used mainly to finish of the calculations at the end of the “real” maths work.


    Do you never “estimate” work around your house (painting, paving etc.) nor cook, nor work out plans for a holiday … ? That’s maths !!

  6. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    Okay folks that was a trick question.

    It’s Costello doing the math.

  7. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, 6 months ago

    @TheSkulker

    They make math as difficult as possible to learn. The typical math book has a couple of very basic examples, and then they expect you to immediately be able to take those and do more complex things without any examples of how. It would be immensely helpful to have pages and pages of solved examples to give an idea of how something is done.
    .
    It would also help to have some relationship to reality, rather than being “pure math”. When I took calculus, it was hard to do because it had no links to reality. When I finally got to differential equations, it tended to be real life examples, and I got an A for the first time since I’d started in calculus.
    .
    The very best calculus book I’ve ever run across was one at a math website that had an early 1900s calculus book. It explained things so much better than the calculus books I had to plow through in college that I wish I’d known about it. I’d have searched for a copy of it.

  8. LadyKat

    LadyKat said, 6 months ago

    One of the reasons I never did well in algebra was a teacher who called me stupid if I didn’t understand the problem.

  9. Judy Waddle

    Judy Waddle said, 6 months ago

    @TheSkulker

    AMEN!!

  10. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, 6 months ago

    He is serious Heart.

  11. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, 6 months ago

    @x_Tech

    In the last one, Abbot should have hired him, and said,’I’m putting you in Accounting.’

  12. cybergal29

    cybergal29 said, 6 months ago

    Geometry was my problem in Math. I could understand Algebra. I often wonder if it was because I have Asperger’s or was the way the course was taught.

  13. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, 6 months ago

    “A train pulls out of A at seven o’clock going X miles per hour. Then another train pulls out of B at nine o’clock going Y miles per hour. At what time will the trains meet?”

    So what do you have to consider? Do you need to know how far apart are stations A and B, or is that a red herring, or what? Are the trains coming at each other? Are they on parallel tracks going in the same direction? To this day, I have never heard any explanation as to how to solve this problem. I submit that this is just one example of how mathematics (and other subjects) are made unnecessarily difficult.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @TheSkulker

    To some of us no matter how you teach it our brains do not compute it. The same with music.

  15. wndrwrthg

    wndrwrthg GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @sjsczurek

    A trick question. As you must know “never the twain(s) shall meet”.

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