Thursday, March 26, 2009

One-Minute Writer - Math and Science

Today's One-Minute Writing Prompt: Math and Science

Why do you think American students lag behind students from many other countries, in math and science proficiency?

I don't know why we lag behind, I only know I am not interested in math and science. My 16 year old daughter is an honor student taking Honors Algebra and Honors Science, and although she makes excellent grades, she does not enjoy math. She prefers reading, writing, history and the arts over math and science.

I think too much emphasis is put on kids to enjoy math and science. Why can't children (like my daughter) be allowed to enjoy other areas of study without feeling guilty? Our country needs to be a mix of literature, history, and arts in addition to math and science.


bella rum said...

I always enjoyed literature and history more than math.

Jeanie said...

I've always felt it was important to be competent in math and science (probably because I'm really not so competent in it -- it's a struggle). It's nice to know how to figure out how much paint you need per square foot or to be able to handle a budget. Life skills.

But good grief -- what's going on now with the heavy emphasis on math and science to the exclusion of the more liberal arts distresses me as well. Some people just prefer history, literature, writing over math and science, and I'm not sure that's as recognized these days. One thing is sure -- between text messaging and tweeting, kids can't spell to save their souls, and I find that disturbing! Nicely stated!

Jeanie said...

Hello, again, Bobbi! Check out The Marmelade Gypsy tomorrow afternoon (March 30, after 12). There is an award waiting for you on my blog! Because I really enjoy yours!

Anonymous said...

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Bella Benedict