English or math-Which Would You Rather Choose?

     Throughout my four years at Fremd, I can recall countless numbers of times when math teachers have insulted English or vise versa. One comment especially from a previous math teacher will always stay in my mind. A fellow student raised his hand and asked “Are we learning something today?”  To which our math teacher replied with a straight face,” No, I’m going to put in a movie and waste the whole week watching it and the next few days discussing it. Off course we’re learning something! What do you think this is, an English class?” I couldn't resist laughing as I realized that there is a bit of truth in that statement. Now don’t get me wrong. I am an English lover, for the most part. I would prefer to analyze poetry over solving an equation any day. But, for all math nerds who laugh at English and for all the English nerds who look at math like it’s a foreign language, it makes me wonder; which one is really harder?

    I guess it depends on what type of person you are. Some people are logical, and therefore are able to understand math very well. Math lovers tell me that it is very straight forward and simple. All you have to do is learn a set of rules and follow them to get one perfect answer. They say English is confusing, and there is never one right answer. Well that’s what I don’t understand. If there is more than one right answer, the probability of you getting it wrong decreases. (How’s that for a little math, huh?) English is quite simple too. Language is meant to be analyzed by the reader. In a story or poem, sure the writer did have his/her own original ideas; however, once it’s in a reader’s hands, it’s up to the reader to figure out what it means. There are so many ways to interpret a piece of writing that it’s nearly impossible to get it wrong. Unless you’re totally off. For example, you read a story about a girl living in poverty and analyze it to be about a fish swimming in a lake. Well, metaphorically speaking, you may be right.Who knows? Anything is possible in English. Whereas with math, you make one simple mistake, and that’s it…you get the whole problem wrong. 


     Now you may agree or disagree with me, but personally I think English is an easier subject to understand than math. That’s just how my brain works. Oh, and there’s one exception. If I’m ever asked to analyze Faulkner’s writing, I would rather do my calculus homework, over and over again.

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Comment by Alisaur Maniscalco on March 20, 2012 at 6:16pm

I like the openness of english. Wheras in math there is one definite answer and if you do not understand the process you're screwed, in english, there are very few wrong answers and it is open to interpretation. And of course, I just love stories. Math just doesn't get to me the way that english does.

Comment by Olivia Youman on March 20, 2012 at 10:44pm

I definitely enjoy English more than Math. In English, people get to express themselves and be creative. In Math, we have to follow certain rules to get exact answers. Even when you follow the right guide lines, you can still get a problem wrong based on silly mistakes. That really bugs me. I am an English person.

Comment by Melissa Peisker on April 12, 2012 at 4:56pm

I'm relatively good at both subjects, but English is by far my favorite. And it's not because it's easier to get questions right, or just because I hate math. For me math is basically memorizing a bunch of formulas and forgetting them after (or usually, before or during) the test. Although English is basically overanalyzing stuff long-dead people wrote forever ago, it's easier for me to understand. Calculus is a total nightmare. And I totally agree with Ali.

Comment by Yzzy Swearingen on March 4, 2014 at 6:54pm

Personally, I find English harder. For me, it's easy to find that one (usually) simple answer in Math, whereas for English, we constantly have to find the "deeper meaning" for everything we read. Sometimes, I'm almost sure there isn't one! There's too much analyzing involved with English. I like that one correct answer, not the infinite number of answers.

Comment by Ryan Dudar on March 4, 2014 at 7:03pm

I think that math is harder, but better than English. Even if the probability of getting the answer increases when there are more right answers, there are an infinite possibilities that are wrong, or that your teacher thinks is wrong. In math there are set and focused answer groups depending on each problem, and most tests are multiple choice. Authors should be more specific with that they want the reader to interpret. If an author wants to tell the world a message, they should say it, not hide it in personification and symbolism. People will get the wrong idea and go with it, thinking that it was a good thought. I also think that if your thoughts are separate from a teachers, it can lead to a failure of the topic, while getting 1 problem wrong in math is a set amount of points off.

Comment by Varsha Vembar on March 4, 2014 at 8:14pm

I am definitley a math lover. I actually enjoy doing math homework. When I learn a new math lesson in class, it's really easy for me to understand the concept. Memorizing formulas and rules is very easy. I like English because you get to express your creativity, but I find English harder because there is a lot of analyzing and more of thinking for the assignments we have. Annotating excerpts and poems and writing papers on books are just not my cup of tea. 

Comment by Joy Kim on March 4, 2014 at 9:10pm

I'm more of a math person and personally think English is a bit harder. As you said, English is meant to be analyzed by readers and has no right answer. I enjoy reading because it's relaxing, but I don't always look forward to writing over-analytical papers.With math, there's a right and wrong, making it straightforward and simple, which I prefer.

Comment by Kylie Hess on March 4, 2014 at 9:21pm

I personally think Math is easier. For math there is always a correct answer so therefore you never have to improve upon it. Unlike English, "everything can always be improved" according to my teacher. Math is also more memorization than anything. If you have trouble memorizing things then I can understand why math would be considered harder. Great blog post! You put up a great argument!

Comment by Brian Lin on March 4, 2014 at 9:30pm

Personally I am more of a math person but I have to agree that English is a whole lot easier than math. In English, there are an infinite number of interpretations to  a work and you can take it any way you wish. But with, math there is usually one way or a handful of ways to do a math problem. And if you make one little mistake you get the the one and only answer wrong. Meanwhile a mistake in English can be viewed as a new interpretation. Though I find math more enjoyable, English is definitely easier for me.

Comment by Arial Nieberding on March 4, 2014 at 10:49pm
I have always been an English person. Maybe that's due to the subjective aspect of the class which generally leads to me brushing off criticism and convincing myself that the critic "just doesn't understand my creativity". Regardless, ideas and opinions captivate me much more than numbers.


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