Math is generally such a hated subject and I literally don’t understand why. It’s like the whole world collectively decided that math is the symbol of everything wrong with the education system. It’s not! It’s so not. I feel that most teachers just don’t understand how to properly teach this subject.
If it isn’t obvious already, I absolutely adore mathematics. It is without a doubt my favorite subject. Not that arithmetic crap, I’m talking real math—calculus, trigonometry, coordinate geometry. I’ve always maintained that there’s something exciting about math that you can’t find in any other subject. There’s this pure satisfaction you get out of correctly solving a problem which you won’t find anywhere else. History, geography, biology, chemistry, etc. etc. are such memorization oriented subjects. I feel like ultimately they’re just a test of how much you can remember and then reproduce in the exam. Math, though, is about concepts and understanding and creativity. You can’t memorize the solution to a problem. You can memorize formulae, sure, but having a tonne of formulae stored in your brain doesn’t necessarily mean you would be able to find the solution to a tough question. That’s where you need to think, you need to apply logic, you need to be creative. People always find it ridiculous when I call math a creativity oriented subject. There’s so many rules and restrictions, they say. The thing is, I think of math like a puzzle. The problem placed before you is like a puzzle to solve. And what’s a puzzle without any restrictions? If the solution was plain as day, there would be no challenge to it. It wouldn’t be fun. It wouldn’t require creativity and lateral thinking to solve. Math is the same. If the solution was glaringly obvious the moment you looked at a question, then no, there’s nothing creative about that. But there is creativity both in creating a problem that’s difficult to solve and in solving it.
Math is straightforward. It’s black and white. Right or wrong. There’s no ambiguity to it, you don’t have partially correct answers. There’s no wrong way to solve a math problem, provided your final answer is correct. There can be countless approaches to solving the same problem.
I like things to be organised and arranged properly. I hate leaving things half finished or incomplete. I usually can’t stand ambiguity in any situation—if there’s a tense situation, I would be in a rush to resolve it as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter to me if the solution I come to isn’t a great one, as long as the situation is over (this tends to be a bad approach to a lot of things). That’s why I like math. You don’t leave things half finished. You don’t spend days debating the ins and outs of some hypothetical concept. It’s all clean cut and precise.
I don’t like leaving the glass half full or half empty. I’d rather empty it entirely or fill it up—anything is better than halfway.