Written by Ekoja Okewu |
Published on: My dad was once a teacher At a village school in Africa For four months His salary was withheld But for his mental health And escape from kwashiorkor He abandoned it for engineering
As a kid I concluded mathematics teachers were wrestlers With classrooms turned into rings Foreheads were slammed countlessly On cold mornings That looked like WWE nights For failing simple arithmetic
Though an agriculturist My veins bleed mathematics With addition being a knife And bread substituting subtraction I slice figures for margarine unions That bind arithmetic in concretized brains
With a cupboard like trouser And wagon shoe to match I headed off for GDJSS For a recruitment interview
With my face mask on I coughed loudly Are you Mr Covid-22? Asked the lanky head teacher For 50 years now We haven’t had a stable mathematics tutor Why? I interrupted For solving a 3 page algebraic surd Students killed Mr Taiwo Mr Jack cracked a puzzle Only to be detained by a psychiatrist Mrs Jane attempted trigonometry But was bisected into a chord
We admire your courage Like Lauren Singer Who winnows sacks of poetries yearly For Jendi Reiter Preparing winning porridge
Walking down the class corridor Students remained seat glued Like rusted bolts On a London rail
Prior to my coming Students dreaded mathematics As lesson bell rings Seats turn dusty While transformed bats fly windows Scrambling for safe havens
Good day Sir Buzzed the beehived class With smiles like a twinkled star I nodded like a lizard For everyone to sit down
Mathematics can sometimes be easy And many times tough Like tendons of a Christmas goat Canine tears Molars chew Till chevon becomes capretto You have 3 fingers Don’t you? No! How many have you? 10 How many hairs have you? Infinite! But that’s mathematics jargon As nerves relaxed I scribbled: Solve X-3x+2=0
*Using trial and error method X-3x+2 Multiply X by 2 =2X Find factors of 2X The numbers are -2X and -X Substitute them into the equation and eliminate the middle term X-2X-X+2=0 Factorize X(X-2) -1(X-2) =0 (X-1) (X-2)=0 X-1=0 X-2=0 Collect terms X=1 or X=2
*Using quadratic formula method -b± Let X=a, -3X=b, +2=c Substitute the numerical coefficient into the formula a=1, b=-3 and c=+2 --3± Expand the brackets 3± 3± 3+1 or 3- X= 4/2 or 2/2 X=2 or X=1
Do you all understand? With a roof raising applause Students chanted “Simple subject mathematics It has to do with numbers One, two Listen to your teacher Do assignments read your books I discovered a simple subject” Now solve this… 2X-7X+4=0 ?
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