Posted by twistedxkiss on November 18 2008 11:42 PM
TwistedxKiss - I know exactly what you mean about having "learned too much math." All throughout high school I was placed in Honors math classes because of my academic performance overall (I was placed in AP and dual-enrollment classes for everything else), despite having such an issue with understanding numbers. With a LOT of extra help after school from a lot of very kind math teachers, as well as some less academically honest methods of grade bolstering (i.e. homework copying) I was usually able to scrape B's and C's in my Honors math classes - which was considered okay. It doesn't change the fact that I still have to pause and think about whether a number is a 6 or a 9, a 7 or an L, a 3 or an E - it just means that students like us are so intelligent that we are able to compensate, and then the system faults us for it.
justfoundout - Oooh I see what you're saying. Either way, it was a great excerpt. :) By the way, I understand your frustrations at work. I work as a cashier in retail... NOT the kind of job someone with a hard time reading numbers needs to have! Especially because our members cards double as punch cards, so since they are disposable, we have to manually enter their membership number (an 8-digit alphanumeric code) rather than being able to simply scan it into the computer. The work environment is very competitive, with our weekly performance ranked and displayed in the employee lounge for everyone to see (supposedly to make us work harder), so if I am slower than the other cashiers because it takes me longer to enter the numbers in the correct order, everyone knows. I finally confided in one of my co-workers, and now if she sees me getting flustered when I repeatedly enter the wrong sequence of digits, she will usually come to my rescue and read them aloud to me. I am currently trying to find a new job - one that doesn't require me to know the difference between 54528365 and 54348356, seventy-five times per shift!
I feel like crying just hearing about your job!
I worked as a cashier once and got pretty decent at it eventually, though my coworkers complained on a daily basis that I took too long to close out the register, but what would get me is when someone would give me money, I'd enter it into the register, and then they are like OH WAIT and give me more money so they can get a certain amount of change back. I would always just tell them that the register wouldn't let me do that because I couldn't calculate change due back, I could only count out what the register told me to give them.
And then at the end of the day I had to count out how much we had in each individual type of coin or bill, and add it all together, and find 12 different numbers on the slip, and enter everything into the computer. I wish I had known I was dyscalculic then!