Saturday, May 31, 2008

The following people get an "F"

No extra credit, no retest, no bonus points, an absolutely undisputed "ef".

1. Mr. Ludtke, Corey's high school geometry teacher.

2. Mrs. Dennard, Carrie's high school geometry teacher. (not a "dr." when I had her)

3. The people who instituted "college prep" track for high schoolers who weren't failing out, thus eliminating them from taking useful life-skill classes, such as "shop" or "carpentry."

4. The guy who sold us our flooring and gave us a "quick and easy" way to FAIL at installing laminate flooring!

5. Anyone who had anything to do with building our house, especially the ones who squared the rooms and doorways and hallways and calculated the angles between the rooms.

The following people get an "A", a blue ribbon, a gold medal, and an Oscar.

1. Our neighbor, Josh King, who revealed the secret BETTER and easier and RIGHT way to install laminate flooring.

2. Woodtick314, for being a carpenter for 15 years and contributing his answer to a question on "yahoo answers" about the improbability of being able to find a "right" angle in your house and the mysterious "bevel gauge" and "speed square" one could purchase to solve this common problem in home improvement projects.

3. Corey's dad for providing random but much needed tools for specific jobs. (points off for not being accesible today when we were going to request a "bevel gauge" and a "speed square" from his stash of tools.)

4. Andy and Bethany for not hating their friends for ironically being involved in a home improvement project every time they are in town and offer to help :)

5. Corey and I, for rediscovering the workings of geometry by teaching themselves how to use a bevel gauge and a speed triangle. Thanks going out to wikipedia,, and to the Addis method of looking at something long enough and turning it around in your hands until poof it comes to you. Corey, for doing mental math and remembering minor facts from the website that are key to dividing the degrees enough times to get a correct measurement.

Things I did today:

1. printed a protractor.

2. remembered that degrees count up to 90, then progressively go back down.

3. figured out a complementary angle.

4. wondered how so many students are directed toward trade school and away from higher level mathematics when it is clear they are one in the same.

5. decided that when it is time to homeschool our children in geometry we will add on to our house instead and have them do the work :)

Thought for the day:
Jesus was a carpenter. If you want to see how truly Jesus like you are, attempt a carpentry project :) It requires, among other things: wisdom, patience, and not to be discounted or taken lightly: FAITH!


Sullins' Spot said...

I am with you on the Mrs. Dennard thing..."and I say to myself...self" Do you remember that little saying?! Good post! Very funny! Hope all is well with your floors now!

mom0ktdid said...

I had forgotten about that little saying until you mentioned The thing I remember is the song for some formula that starts out "negative b plus or minus the square root..." can't remember the rest of what it was useful stuff we remember there huh? None of it has to do with anything useful I am sure! ha ha!

andysbethy said...

I love your posts! You really are hilarious! I can't wait to come see the completed project. And when my kids get old enough for geometry, I'll call you and Corey to help me figure it out!!

Marcy said...

This post was really funny and I enjoyed it! I hope that your floors look great! You should post some pics! That would be the pythagorean theorem and it is to find the area of a triangle that is not 90*, I believe(and I am not sure on the spelling). Ah, geometry...I loved my high school geometry teacher...I just wished I remembered more geometry!

heathcliff said...

The square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.

That's one thing I retain from Dr. Dennard's geometry class.

mom0ktdid said...

okay, so that is just a squared plus b squared equals c squared. I do remember that one.

heathcliff said...

In an applied calculus class at Berry the professor asked the class to give him the pythagorean theorem and wagered that no one would answer correctly. He was right. Without exception, everyone answered 'A-squared plus B-squared equals C-squared' which - if you think about - is pretty meaningless without a corresponding, labeled picture. Since then, I've made it a point to remember the long-hand.

Anonymous said...

I'm a geometry teacher who linked to this through Marcy's blog . . . if you need any help, please e-mail me at I want you to teach it correctly to your kids!!!! Lindsey