All my life I have sucked at math. I mean I was honestly really really bad! Looking back I can remember it starting once we hit long division in 3rd grade, and it didn’t get any better from there. I was always lost, but somehow, with lots of bad grades, and lots of blaming my teachers, I made it through school. Fast Forward to today’s world and they diagnose kids with a lot of things to explain why they do bad in school…there’s dyslexia, ADD, ADHD…I’m not saying that kids don’t have those things, I’m just saying doctors are quick to explain away problems. I always told everyone I had to have some sort of disorder..like a dyslexia for math, but no one believed me! Well look what I found! There is such a thing as a math disorder, and it’s called easily enough Math Disorder!
Mathematics Disorder Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis
As seen on BehaveNet.com and from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth Edition Mathematics Disorder is diagnosed based on the following criteria.
A. Mathematical ability, as measured by individually administered standardized tests, is substantially below that expected given the person’s chronological age, measured intelligence, and age-appropriate education.
B. The disturbance in Criterion A significantly interferes with academic achievement or activities of daily living that require mathematical ability.
C. If a sensory deficit is present, the difficulties in mathematical ability are in excess of those usually associated with it.
Ummmm Hello!!! That’s ME!!! My problems with math became apparent when I entered 3rd grade and had to take a placement type test. I did so bad, that the teachers thought I just numbered the circles wrong. Yes I did THAT BAD! I did so bad that I got placed in a remedial math class with 1 other student. I didn’t even get to take math with the rest of the class! My problems persisted each year, and each year I would cry to my parents and tell them my teachers weren’t teaching it correctly. Almost every year my parents would go into see the teachers and say “what’s wrong with you? why can’t you teach my Jenny?” Looking back it’s pretty funny that I never truly took responsibility for my lack of skills.
Now we are in 2009 and I am 29 years old and to this day I can’t read a ruler, or figure out percentages. Many have tried to teach me..I might get it for like 1 minute but the next time I try to figure out 40% off I have no clue how to do it. I am pretty screwed when my future children reach 3rd grade. By then they will have more knowledge of math than I do. Hey, I still have to add on my fingers!
Even though I have never been truly diagnosed I am self diagnosing myself with this Mathemetics Disorder. It doesn’t mean much for me now. I will just use it as an excuse the next time my dad makes fun of me when I try to measure something for work and fail. I’ll say Hey! I have a Disorder!