# Why math is better than grammar classes

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I can't say that I ever was a math genius, but i did find myself liking math classes more than grammar and literature. With literature you had to be creative and I was never brave enough to let the pen and paper take away from my imagination (my sister usually helped me with my essays). And with grammar, there are always exceptions to the rule, you put comma there, but not there, etc. With math it's easy, if you follow the formula, you will always get a consistent answer. Although there are variables in math, numbers always mean the same thing.

My elementary school teacher, Inna Stepanovna Strogina, taught all subjects to my class from grade 1 to grade 3. She was really great at explaining things. She had different rules and formulas above the classe's blackboard so we would see them every day. I still remember the images of those rules.

However, some concepts would take me a little longer to grasp. When we were learning how to change signs when minus was in front of parenthesis, it took me some time to understand why this was done, but than it just kind of came to me. Maybe my mind was not mature enough for the information at first.

Math problems are fun, because they are like puzzles. If you find the path, you will get the answer. It's a journey anyone can take. And math concepts are the same throughout the world. Even if you don't speak the language of the other person, 2+2 will always equal 4. This was especially evident when I moved to US from Ukraine in 2002. I did not speak English, and I struggled with American history and other classes, but I have always aced my math exams.

Picture of my class. 2-V. March 8th, 1998. (You can see the rules above the blackboard)
A presentation organized by our teacher, Inna Stepanovna, for our mom's for International Women's day.Girls' team "Red Riding Hoods", boys' team "Three Muskateers".

I definitely agree with you Iryna, the laws of math always seemed more concrete and easier to follow. Nice picture by the way!

By the way, where are you in this picture????

Iryna, I was touched by your story.  It is amazing how some images--like the fomulas above the blackboard-- remain in our minds forever.  Also, the universality of math is something that never occurred to me.  So far the only other language that is as universal is the language of love.  I never thought I would pair "math" and "love" so closely together!

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