Sometimes we think that everything we do is right? Like you know what you’re doing and you are confident that it’s the correct way. To be honest I always think that. Unless I am completely clueless about something, then that’s when I will agree to the fact that either I don’t know or I am wrong.
What made me think of this … It definitely has to be 8.4.4 exams. Oh, for those who wouldn’t know what 8.4.4 is, it’s the number of years a typical Kenyan should spend in the educational system i.e. 8 years in Primary School, 4 years in High School and finally 4 years in Campus. There’s all this images that have been going round for the longest time. What do you think the person who was answering the questions below was thinking?
I bet as he/she sat quietly in the exam room and decided to start tackling this math questions, he thought, “How easy could maths get?”, as in the lecturer is asking as the simplest of questions. So he/she goes ahead and does what their mind tells them is the correct solution, and as he or she walks out of the exam room, they have an unbeatable confidence, that tells them, “everything that you answered is correct.” But thing is that, they did not understand the problem in the first place, that’s why the solution was gotten blindly.
“It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
Been there, done that … (disclaimer : but not the above), at least I used to listen in class and apply … lol. I have been at the stage where I leave the exam room and I am sure that I got it correct until I meet a classmate who deflates my intelligent ego by telling me it’s not correct, and theirs begins to sound a bit more convincing. But when you were in the exam room, you were 100% sure you can get 100% if you marked for yourself. In your head, everything is working out correctly, but clearly that’s not what the lecturer is seeing,—> that’s because the lecturer clearly understands the problem —->Now is when I’m thinking those funny percentages people use to get in maths is not because they are dumb, the answer lays within (consolation … yah! now get over yourself maybe you were dumb ha ha #joke).
I’m sure, as they were answering the question (pic above), they were using logic or the so called common sense at their best, I mean for them, to actually be confident enough to come up with an answer like that, such that if you look you’ll understand how they came about to get the solution. They opted for the easiest way, they did not think beyond or better yet even use what they had learnt all through. In this case I mean the formulas and all.
Just because you have an answer, doesn’t always mean that its correct or it’s right. Just because a problem has been posed and you have a solution doesn’t mean that you got it right. That’s why it’s said, “Experience is the best teacher” (Mr.Experience). Exprience gives you lessons each and every day, it draws up formulas for you. And every time a problem comes up, you are supposed to use those formulas to come up with the optimal solutions.
If you haven’t been through that problem before, I tend to think it’s allowed for you to give solution (like the above), that are wrong, unfounded … because when you get that 0% , teacher Mr.experience will teach you that that’s not how you solve that problem. Sometimes it doesn’t come easy, you have to research or be taught by other people who’ve been there done that (especially if you land in a public school, where no one spoon feeds you…lol).
All in all, for all problems there is an answer for sure, but it doesn’t mean, because you’ve answered it, it’s going to be right … the rightness of the solution could be all in your head. Maybe that’s why it’s said that two heads are better than one, so that the other person(s) can beat some logic/sense into you.
“The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.” – Dorothea Brande
Did you know that,
“It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.” – Malcolm S. Forbes
Did he just say that! Just in case you are one of those people (me included), it’s about time we stood in the side line and probably offered to listen more to get more information about a problem and provide less solutions that make sense, instead of many that don’t.
Quotes to ponder:
“Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.” – Lou Holtz —-> *sigh* Really? What do you think?
“I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.” – Poul Anderson —-> Yeah this so true! We over see or over think some (actually all) things … complicated becomes more complicated, simple is still complicated *sigh again*
Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*