I Heart Math! Pi = 3.14

When I was 13 years old, I had to write a poem about math for my honors algebra class. I can’t remember exactly how the poem went, so I tried to re-create it. Here it goes:

F. O. I. L.

I’m not of the mathematical persuasion.
So, in the cafeteria, I toiled over a quadratic equation.
There were only 15 minutes left until algebra class.
I needed to get my homework done. I needed an “A” to pass.
But, I didn’t know how to solve for “x.”
Multiply, divide? I didn’t know what to do next.

It was Friday. Mystery meat was served.
The lunchroom was getting loud. I was getting perturbed.
Ten minutes until the hour. I still didn’t know what to do.
I couldn’t remember. Was I supposed to divide by 2?
Five minutes until the hour. I was trying with all of my might.
Then, a piece of mystery meat flew across the room. FOOD FIGHT!

I was running out of time. I was trying to act on hunches.
The jocks continued to throw around their lunches.
Then, ball of foil hit me in the head, awakening memories from the past.
I could remember now: F.O.I.L.! First! Outside! Inside! Last!
I finished my homework! I was feeling ecstatic!
Thanks to a ball of aluminum foil, I factored the quadratic.

LOL. So stupid!

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Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn’t Add Up

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