Inevitably when teaching math to kids the words, “When will I ever have to use this when I get older?” comes up.
And when it came up, I asked my group of 3rd graders what they want to be when they grow up.
I heard, “Medical Assistant.”
Easy – fractions & decimals for medicines
I heard, “Artist.”
A Little Harder – measurement for the scale of objects in painting
I heard, “Cage Fighter.”
Hard – Money – to know how much to pay your manager
And then I heard, “Vegetarian.”
“What do you want to be?”
“A vegetarian when I grow up.”
Impossible – “Ah, I guess you need to know how to measure when you are a vegetarian…”
“But what about the dogs?”
“Do you mean you want to be a veterinarian?”
“Yes, that’s what I said, I want to be a vegetarian when I grow up. I want to help dogs and cats.”
Veterinarian – Easy – Must have knowledge of math for temperatures, medicines, and animal weights
I think I just might want to be a 3rd grader when I grow up, they are hilarious.