On Wednesday the 23rd, we had a half day at school. We got out at 10:30 AM rather than the usual 2:20 PM. At my school, we have three of our 6 classes everyday. For instance on Mondays I have World History, Algebra 2, and English. Then on Tuesday I have my other three classes French 2, Integrated Biology, and Health/Fitness. The only day we have all 6 are on Fridays.
So it was strange when I was alerted we had all of our classes on Wednesday. “This is absurd!” is the phrase I latched onto that week. I wouldn’t have minded except for the fact it was completely useless. Something strange has happened this year in that I’ve started caring about my education. Having all 6 classes on a half day means that each class is only 25 minutes. I couldn’t possibly learn anything in such a short time.
And now we are back to what this post was supposed to be about. All classes I had until 4th Period Biology were just terrible. Watching The Lion King, some French soap opera, and listening to a lecture that had information exclusively for seniors. In biology, we had a quiz. And for some reason my teacher Mr. Monahan showed us a PowerPoint slideshow.
The reason this was strange was that it was about math tricks. You’d think that would be more appropriate in a math class, but this is kind of a regular thing with Mr. Monahan (who by the way won the Washington State High School Science Teacher of the Year Award). He usually teaches lessons about random topics like poetry and the Presidential election.
ANYWAYS, this slideshow was about the wonderful powers of math. Most of it was little tricks like:
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
But there was one particular “trick” that pushed my buttons:
Let’s say that the alphabet corresponds with numbers.
A = 1
B = 2
C = 3
Z = 26
While K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E is 96%
H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K is 98%,
A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E is 100%.
Whoa, NO WAY!
While that is a super-fun math trick, Mr. Monahan, I still don’t fucking like math.