I should not have to be re-learning the quadratic-fucking-equation! I don't want to solve for x^2+5x-14 = 0. (x = -7 and 2). They told me I'd never have to use this stuff again. I was a philosophy major for crying out-loud! I hate math. Despise it. The stuff is absolute shit with no purpose in life.
Ok, I know that's not true, (and sometimes I even take a small amount of perverse pleasure in solving problems), but seriously, I shouldn't have to do this shit! Not only did I major in philosophy before, I'm now taking the GRE so I can do more of it! Fuck Pythagoras, I want to know about Aristotle. Neitzsche, not Newton. John Forbes Nash, Jr. (the guy from A Beautiful Mind) can suck it. I haven't taken a math class for more than 5 years, and I haven't paid attention in a math class for significantly longer than that. When I was in 8th grade I made a career choice to avoid math like the plague. So why do I need it now? And would someone help me lance this boil?
And why in the hell can't I use a calculator? I made my parents spend 90 bucks on a calculator - twice - just so that I wouldn't have to learn shit like the quadratic equation. Why do we have the GRE? What does it really measure? Why can't graduate departments just take or leave people based on worth-fucking-while information? I've got no problem taking an aptitude test like the LSAT, or an IQ test, or even a friggin' Rorchsach test. But whether or not I can remember that "X equals negative B plus or minus the square root of B squared minus four times A times C, all over two A" has nothing to do with my ability to write a treatise on the nature of goodness or critique advanced models of utilitarian calculation.
And I should point out that for any of those poor fools going into a grad school program which does require math, the stuff tested on the GRE is too damn simple! There are additional GRE sections for those folks, which test the math skills that they will actually use. In short, there is NO ONE for whom the math section is appropriate, much less necessary. And yet, my admission rests on the score I get.
In other news, I won't be getting that same-sex marriage post up nearly as soon as promised.