You Have to be Carefully Taught
There are some subjects that are too complicated for me to understand without personal instruction. On some issues I think I need a structured, specialist teacher environment to have any chance to become enlightened.
I fear it may take several semesters.
I took two semesters of “Calculus for Arts Majors” in college…not the same Calculus as taught to the engineers…well it was the same calculus; we just didn’t need to learn it well enough to actually use it. Afterall, economist majors will never have to build a bridge. Probably a bad example, not sure calculus is needed to build a bridge.
Anyway, I passed with a low “D”. Is that something to be proud of? It is if you manage to pass a subject without ever actually knowing what the subject is. Learning just what you need to know in order to pass a subject is sometimes enough.
I would love to learn how to get by in todays world. Not to actually understand, not sure that is possible, but just to learn why somethings are wrong to say and or think. Learn to get by without really knowing why what is proper is…well…proper.
I have figured out somethings on my own. There are words best unsaid. Thoughts best unthought. Opinions best un-opined.
Somethings need more intense explaining so I can get by even without understanding.
I have done a lot of personal research on why Dr. Seuss is offensive.
His were the first “picture books” I read on my own. His were the books my children wanted read to them over and over again. They never offended me. Apparently, they should have. I need special instruction to understand. Maybe even multiple semesters in “Why Dr. Seuss is racist.”
I think I could pass such a course.
Then, I still have no idea what calculus is.