I bet you did.
Did you estimate what mpg your car is getting? Did you figure out how many hamburgers you could get for six bucks? Did you think about how long it would take you to get somewhere given the speed and distance? Did you plan a meal so all the components would be done at the same time? Did you encounter anything on sale? Did you figure out how many groceries you could get for how much money you had?
There are about a million other daily, unconscious tasks that use algebra or at least algebraic thinking. Just because you weren’t writing out an equation or employing variables doesn’t mean you weren’t using the skills that algebra and other math courses taught you.
Science and math aren’t important because you’re going to need to know the exact steps of photosynthesis or the quadratic formula. They’re important because they teach you scientific and mathematical literacy and rational thinking, and that is sorely needed in a world where charlatans and cheats or people with a political or religious agenda can get away with all manner of pseudoscience and bullshit because people don’t have enough scientific literacy or critical thinking skills to accurately weigh the arguments or even discern where they fail logically.
So study math and science, and art, and literature, and history, and politics, not because you’re going to need it or it’s going to do something specific for you, but because an uninformed populace is bad for the world.
I might print this out and make it a poster to hang in my room next year. I have this conversation once a week, so it would be nice to just be able to point at a poster.
“We’ve been friends since we were 13.”
“What’s the most fun you’ve ever had together?”
“Oh, we don’t know…”
“Well, what’s the hardest you’ve ever laughed together?”
“Now you listen here! I want you to write down these questions you’re asking us, pull them out when you’re 85 years old, and see if you can answer them yourself!”
“So my amazing daughter, Emma, turned 5 last month, and I had been searching everywhere for new-creative inspiration for her 5yr pictures. I noticed quite a pattern of so many young girls dressing up as beautiful Disney Princesses, no matter where I looked 95% of the “ideas” were the “How to’s” of how to dress your little girl like a Disney Princess…We chose 5 women (five amazing and strong women), as it was her 5th birthday but there are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world”
- Jaime Moore, Not Just a Girl
this girl and I are best friends in my heart. also best mom
I love how Patrick smiles a smile that is just for me. I love how he looks at me like there’s no one else in the world. I love how he laughs at me like he’s never felt such happiness. I love how he looks at me and his whole face says “I love you”.
nothing has made me laugh like this maybe ever. that’s not true, but it makes me laugh a lot
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Sometimes I feel like a giant failure as a human but then I’m reminded that I’m a pretty great friend. A friend people rely on and confide in and love. And then I feel ok.
This graph depicts my appreciation of boxed mashed potatoes over time.
this made me laugh so hard. if this was my graph the high end would be 0
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“My parents were missionaries, so I grew up all over. I’ve lived in New York, Los Angeles, Budapest, and Moscow. And most of my friends were from missionary families, so they’ve moved on. My home is on Facebook now because it’s hard for me to go home— if that makes sense. Because my home was not a place. My home was a time, and a place.”
(Seen at Facebook HQ)
Today has been a rough day for me so maybe I’m over emotional but something about this gave me a lot of heart feelings
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