At the worst, some people think both: That they are bad but it doesn't matter because the content was pointless anyway. These ideas and justifications get passed down to the values of their children, sadly half closing a door for no good reason.
Will everyone's career use parabolas? Heck no. I haven't used a parabola in ages and I'm in mathematics.The point, though, is that math runs on a fuel of pure deductive reasoning with a healthy seasoning of creative intuition to discover new and exciting ideas to bring into the field. I think it's safe to say we could all be better at thinking. High brow ivory tower idealism aside, look around you for math. Math made your car, your clothes, your gadgets, the timing of the stoplights, the godlike powers of Google, the cosmically huge logistics involved in transportation and manufacturing, radio, TV, climate control, flight...you get the picture. There's no evil conspiracy behind the not shabby pay scientists, engineers, economists, mathematicians, and financial experts receive. These skills are valuable.You're not going to find all the masterworks of mathematics in a museum exhibit, but they are all around us, absolutely everywhere. In fact, there's so much around us that it has become normalizing. Find the amazement in what we can do and keep drawing that circle, a little less sucky each time.
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