Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Runs In The Family
Because I work in the computer field, people assume that I'm mathematically inclined. Let's get one thing out in the open. I can't do math. I don't mean that I'm not that good at it, I mean I can not do it. When the pastor and I went to Uganda on a mission trip, I was somehow assigned to teach third grade math in the orphanage school we worked at. Luckily there was a table at the front of the classroom, so as I asked the kids to do math problems, I hid my hands under the table and counted the answers on my fingers. It was pathetic. I can't figure out my gas mileage. I can't add fractions. I can't keep score or figure my bid when I play pinochle. You get my point.
Apparently, my poor, second-grade son has been blessed with his father's good looks and his mother's ability to do math. His teacher says he's good at it, but he protests that he just doesn't "get" it. This evening when I checked through the papers that came home in his backpack, one of his math papers had quite a bit of "red pen" corrections that caught my eye. I had to stifle a laugh as I reviewed the paper.
The Question: How can you use a hundred chart to find the difference between 18 and 60?
His Answer: You just do.
That's my boy.