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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi, all -

At this point in my life, I am incompetent in math. I was raised by my mother to be a self-directed unschool, and although I expressed an ardent interest in science, particularly regarding the origins of the universe and properties of space from an early age, my parents never really encouraged me much when it came to math (although my father is an architect and works with math all the time, he doesn't like it much).

With really no background in math I jumped into public high school at 12 and scraped by to get an A/A-. They put me in honors and I had an awful time (I got a 70, with a lot of extra effort). I feel increasingly sure that I *need* to have my math. I am an analytical person, and I deeply would like to pursue a career in physics.

Obviously, as math is the *language* of physics, I need to be profficient in this. I have just started being tutored, but I am struggling again. I feel a bit like the victim of a cruel joke, because I really love physics, but I'm stuck by this barrier of general high school math. I don't feel like I can give the 'dream' up, but I am bound by my logical, practical side, and know that I shouldn't go for something I may really love (and find meaningful) but am no good at. Thanks for your time (this turned out to be quite the ramble!)

At this point in my life, I am incompetent in math. I was raised by my mother to be a self-directed unschool, and although I expressed an ardent interest in science, particularly regarding the origins of the universe and properties of space from an early age, my parents never really encouraged me much when it came to math (although my father is an architect and works with math all the time, he doesn't like it much).

With really no background in math I jumped into public high school at 12 and scraped by to get an A/A-. They put me in honors and I had an awful time (I got a 70, with a lot of extra effort). I feel increasingly sure that I *need* to have my math. I am an analytical person, and I deeply would like to pursue a career in physics.

Obviously, as math is the *language* of physics, I need to be profficient in this. I have just started being tutored, but I am struggling again. I feel a bit like the victim of a cruel joke, because I really love physics, but I'm stuck by this barrier of general high school math. I don't feel like I can give the 'dream' up, but I am bound by my logical, practical side, and know that I shouldn't go for something I may really love (and find meaningful) but am no good at. Thanks for your time (this turned out to be quite the ramble!)