Tuesday, August 14, 2007

This just in: Math doesn't suck

I loved Danica McKellar on Wonder Years and West Wing, and I loved her even more when I found out she's a total brainiac. Now she can add author to her resume -- she's just published a book for middle-schoolers called Math Doesn't Suck.

I loved math in middle school; it was so clean and neat, and since I was good at it, I got to tutor the cute guy behind me whenever he was stuck. Things were different in high school -- I had a geometry teacher who hated me almost as much as I hated him, so I skipped a lot, and as it turns out, if you don't read the book you can't really scrape more than a C from figuring it out alone. So I love that McKellar has written this book.

In other news, after the hair-pulling, teeth-gnashing ordeal that was putting up with me as I wrote outlines, I've written the first Lucy Boone chapter and I totally love it. Even better, so does my partner. Now I can't wait to write the rest.

And thanks to the kind folks who wrote nice things about Mystery Rash 2007. It's gone now. Yay, western medicine.


Blogger Cherry Red said...

Wow. Too bad that book wasn't around when I was on Jr High. The minute the teacher introduced multiplication in third grade I thought, "Uh-oh."

I'm actually really good at basic math (add, subtract, multiply, divide, fractions, decimals and percents) and can do most of it in my head. Throw an X in there and I want to cry. THe fact that I actually passed pre-alg, alg, intermediate algebra (had to take it twice) and liberal arts mathematics (Math 100) to get my AA was a major feat for me.

Oh, and FWIW, while you were tutoring cute guys in math, I was tutoring them in English. :)

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