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.