Still Baron wrote:My grasp of mathematics is so terrible, I never made it further than Algebra II, and I didn't know what the hell was going on for most of Algebra I (though I more or less got geometry). My mind truly could not do it. I think I could now, and when I'm back trying cases in another decade or so, I'll have to be able to cross examine "experts" giving testimony about all sorts of things. I need at least a basic understanding of statistics. We'll see if I do it. I better.
I am sometimes very bitter and grumpy about continuing education. Deep down i know it's a real privilege... but I have to sometimes curb my enthusiasm, because my curiosity gets the better of me and thats when I get an excessive amount of degrees no one needs, and forget that there's more to life.
In reality, I totally understand what you mean. I was awful at maths. I took a summer school class so that I could get to AP calculus (why?), in which I once got 1% on one of my papers. (Not my strong suit).
But luckily in my undergrad I did psychology with comes with a butt-load (mathematical term) of stats. I wish I had done stats at school. I wish everyone did stats at school. Why do we do algebra and trig and calculus etc. when statistics is pretty fundamental in this day and age? How else are we going to understand Scientific research the public pays for, or economic trends we vote on, or probability of risk when consenting to a procedure in hospital?
Of all the things to do as an extra curricular subject it, I think it would be one of the most worth while.
But the point is learning is hard when you're very busy doing normal life.
I do wish we'd all be a bit more prepared for real life when it came to it, and not always feeling like we're catching up (or maybe it's just me).