Some of us are good at math, some of us struggle merely to get through it.
Whether we’re good at it or bad, few of us will ever again use anything we learned in calculus or trigonometry class ever again, not even once. After graduation, few will even be able to recognize such general terms as sine and cosine, much less be able to explain what they mean.
For those who want to become engineers, scientists or economists, math is the foundation of their careers. It’s vital, not to be questioned.
For the rest of us – and I include technicians and medical workers* among the rest of us – math is, more often than not, a painful and soul-breaking ritual that we are forced to endure if we hope to have a decent life.
Spot on! I managed to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, without properly learning, in my 2nd year calculus class, Green’s Theorem and Stokes’ Theorem; I managed to pass the course without learning them, somehow. I’m proud of my maintaining my ignorance in those pointless (i.e. for most people) endeavours.
“Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra. In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.” – Fran Lebowitz