Nothing Makes You Better At Math Than Pressure!

, , , , | Learning | November 18, 2020

This happens in math class.

Teacher: “Okay, guys, here’s today’s assignment! Take your time.”

Me: *Thinking* “Whew! Normally, we have to finish it in, like, thirty minutes.”

I work hard and quietly for about forty-five minutes, getting toward the end of class. I am only about three-quarters done, and the teacher comes by to check our work. She stops at my desk.

Teacher: “[My Name], why are you not done?! It’s an easy assignment!”

Me: “Oh… I’m just slow at math. And you said we could take our time, so I didn’t try to rush.”

Teacher: “So you have questions on how to do it? You should have just asked me!”

Me: “Um… No, that’s not what I said. I understand the math; I’m just slow at it. Okay?”

Teacher: “Talking back now?”

Me: “…”

Teacher: “You’d better be done in five minutes.”

Me: “You can threaten me all you want, but that doesn’t magically make me faster at math.”

I didn’t finish during class and got in trouble for “talking back” and “disrupting the class.”

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