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'Dear Mr. President, Please Remove All Math': Boy Writes To Government To Avoid Worksheets
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  • It’s safe to say that once in our lives, we all hated Mathematics–except for those few lucky people who actually loved numbers!

    One mommy in our Smart Parenting Village shared her funny (and very relatable) conversation with her eight-year-old son:

    Homework problems

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    Translation: 

    Dejan: Nanay, can I tell Ma'am if Math can be changed? Will message on my cellphone.

    Nanay: Change what? You all answer the same thing.

    Dejan: Please.

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    Nanay: What do you mean to change?

    Dejan: Please..

    Nanay: You all answer the same PACES (his school uses the School of Tomorrow system)

    Dejan: Just no Math. 

    Nanay: Math subject will still be there even when you grow up, Math does not disappear. 

    Dejan: Yes, so..

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    Nanay: Go to President Duterte and tell him to erase Math. Or write him a letter then we will send it by mail. 

    Dejan: Ok. Yey! I'm excited yey!

    Get rid of Math, please

    Finally, someone did something about it. We’ve all said this at least once.

    “Dear Mr. President, please remove all Math subjects and books!” 

    From all of us who are not gifted in numbers and calculations. (And for sure you are not alone, Dejan!)

    Mommy Joi Domine said that she already did everything to encourage her son regarding Math. That’s why during one conversation, she couldn’t find anything to say to encourage him and just thought of, “Why don’t you write to the President to remove all Math?” And well, it did the trick!

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    Joi would sit down with him and do the activities, she even added Abacus to make learning more fun. But with the added challenge of pandemic learning, the pressure of finishing three to five pages of computations daily—even us adults cannot sit down and do that every day! 

    Here are some samples of the Math activities Dejan answers on a daily basis:

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    Honestly, if these were questions in the game show Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?, we’d lose. Or maybe it would take us a few days to compute! 

    A little extra patience from teacher mommy

    Despite this challenge, Joi, as all mommies do, still lovingly guides and understands her son. Joi says that Dejan doesn’t feel the same way about other subjects. 

    “He loves English and Word Building. He is also creative, he loves to build stuff and play with blocks”. 

    As one mommy villager commented on her Smart Parenting Village post, Dejan might more creative, which is why he can be bored with numbers and calculations. Mommy Joi understood this that’s why she extends her guidance and patience in Math.

    “Nagiging okay naman siya pag sinasamahan ko. Gusto na rin siguro magpalambing.”

    Kudos to you Mommy Joi, for wearing the additional hat we mommies wear—the teacher and cheerleader.

    And to Dejan and all the kids (and adults) who struggle with numbers, hang in there! You’ll soon say thank you to Math! Like when you count how many more minutes till the weekend.

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