My high school math teachers weren't the worst or the best, average that's what they were.
What killed it for me in spite of an insatiable interest in science of any sort was that fact that basic math BORED me, it was pointless to me. Show me why I should care!
Even when I did learn the formulas and the methods I'd hit summer vacation full of activities and excitement. Come back to math class, and all I had learned was Gone.
That was when I ran into my worst math teacher. He knew which students he would work with and I wasn't one of those. Needless to say even as an A level student in
English, A to B level in Sciences (no math skills) ergo inconsistent. I ended languishing as a student who barely graduated. I did have talent in arts which went nowhere for me.
I've read articles which reported that experts in education and psychology have testified that the system of teaching practiced in the western world is a model that guarantees
Failure. Courses of study are broken up into unmanageable bits and short snippets that don't allow students any opportunity to learn, practice, use, let alone master the skills
they need to complete the courses thus; homework. Thrown out into the wilds of life to figure it out for yourself. (You dummy. Oh Yeah! If you teachers don't care then neither do I).
Screw it. I'm doing what I like, homework my sore patoot. As you know that model, unchanged, still holds as education practiced today.
I even bought pure math books, sat down to read and learn. I gained a lot of seated snooze time. No interest, no spark, no got'cha.
So your failing math? Too bad it's time for French, and I give more homework than any math teacher, so just give up. Now Social Studies. Now Phys/Ed. Now fighting off the school
bullies. Physics might have saved me, but that course required high math skills; I was guided away from that hope. Student counsellors. Realists can fail to see the problem.
So tell me, though it's 50 years too late, what got you hooked on math?
No. Don't tell me. Tell the other students, those with talents and intelligence that are nevertheless failing in math. What is the hook?
Richard Feynman, " Mathematics is the language of nature....."
I weep.