It's the first time i've ever failed at anything and it was highly distressing.
Have any of you ever failed a class before?
I failed Latin I in 10th grade. (my first and only F) My guidance counselor talked me into taking it again in 11th grade. His rational was that I had already experienced it once, and would grasp the concept the second time around. He was wrong, I failed it two years in a row.
PS. Michael, I was never good with algebra either, but managed to scrape by the hair of my chinny chin.
I also barely made it. I wasn't good at school at all, I was just good at making-up excuses.
slim, I have an excuse/reason/rational, too. I tell everyone that Einstein also failed math. I don't know if thats true but it's a rumor that I've heard over the years and it makes me feel better.
I think my grandmother died three times in my freshman year of college.
I failed calculus in my second year of college. That kind of killed the science route I wanted to go.
Geometry gave me shudders....not in a good way.
I had problem with Geometry also.
I failed P.E. one year.......
I failed 8th grade music. but it wasn't a core course so I didn't have to repete it.
I almost failed high school algebra, just could not understand the concept. Thank goodness for a devoted algebra teacher who was able to get through to me.
Same here, Goldi!
I just could not get the concept of algebra in the 9th grade. And I was on the college prep track with A's and B's in everything else (except PE when we did basketball--totally another story). My dad would sit down with me every night and try to help me and I would cry and not get it. It went on like that until the end of the first semester when we had the all-city exams. I went through the whole thing and answered every question and was finished way before anybody else. I thought I had screwed up so I went through it again and I couldn't find any changes I wanted to make, so I waited until other kids started handing in their papers and I handed mine in too.
When the scores came back, my teacher was shocked to see that I had answered every question correctly. One other guy in the school had the same score, but everyone expected it of him. From then on, I understood algebra. Calculus, though! And statistics! Totally clueless. And then I ended up working for almost 40 years for statisticians. Go figure~~~
Now I know if I wanted a mental hobby just for the exercise, it could be math. I just don't get it. I'd only need one book and it would last me the rest of my life.
I avoided all math that wasn't just basic algebra. I thought I'd like geometry because I knew it was about shapes. Never did catch on to what those 'theorums' had to do with anything.
And what was the big deal about bisecting an angle? Why would I even want to do that?