Monday, September 21, 2015

Stay In School

If there is one subject in school that translates to every facet of your life it's English.  Or Language Arts or whatever the cool kids are calling it these days.  Not that I'm biased as a writer or anything.  And not that I have a degree that has anything to do with English.  And not that I'm even particularly good at writing.  Definitely not grammar.  Or writing in complete sentences.  Or spelling.  But never mind that, my point is that communication is important.

Stay in school kids.

I may have given this very lecture to my own kids. But, I have no such argument for algebra.  I have never once used algebra, which was a total waste of time and brought down my GPA significantly, not to mention my self esteem.  No, the only math that's essential for everyone to learn is calculating percentages.  For tipping and taxes.  Not to mention recipes.  Put that in schools.  I'd call it Everyday Math.  And there would be a lot of field trips involved.  Going out to lunch, getting haircuts, checking into hotels, river rafting, going to bars and strip clubs.  (Those last two are for educational/tipping calculation purposes only.)    Cause learning who to tip and how to tip would also be included in the mandatory core class. 

How important is this to American culture? 

I think Usher said it best.  "If you dance on a pole, it don't make you a hoe."  Which just may prove my point.  BECAUSE POLE DOES NOT RHYME WITH HOE.  And just because you bleep out "hoe" for radio airplay, we all know exactly what you're saying.  We're American.  We may not be the most literate country in the world, but we know how to read between the lines just fine.  In fact, I think we invented it.  And furthermore, the fact that women can make more stripping than they can with a master's degree is horrifying.  I know this because if I swapped my profession (writing) with my hobby (pole dance) I could actually earn a living.  

And you've just been skool'd by Usher

I think his meaning really comes through in that song. Especially when it's overplayed on every radio station.  Inundating our youth with it's cautionary tale.  Sex sells, substance doesn't.  I offer up E. L. James as further proof of this fact.  The message is clear, stay in school, the world needs you to change it.  

4 comments: said...

So, Marie, I agree that English/Language Arts/Grammar is crucial.
But, since I know you cook, you probably use algebra- unless every recipe was already made directly for your family size.
If you need 4 tsp of salt for a recipe for 3 people, then X is the amount of salt you need for 9- or X is 12 tsp (or 4 tbsp)...

Sine said...

ditto, I may be that rare breed of writer-who-loves-math. I actually didn't even like English (or, in my case, German) in school. Hated it. Much like my kids hate having to analyse a book that they've read in 2 days and that the class is taking a month to cover. "Mom, I hate having to talk about what the author meant by this and that - I just want to get on to reading the next book!". Whereas math was actually fun. Good point though on where the money is and tying in Fifty Shades of Crap. Sadly, you're absolutely right. There may not be enough sophisticated readers out there who read OUR stuff. Which is definitely not crap. Unless you agree with reviewer number 39 who complained that there were too many bodily function references in my book:-)

Joy Page Manuel said...

Not sure if my comment went through so I'll rewrite...Your EL James made me chuckle but I completely agree. Good points. Now don't even get me started on calculus #$@;:/#!!-$@

Blogger said...

I've just downloaded iStripper, so I can have the sexiest virtual strippers on my taskbar.


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