Saturday, April 27, 2013

A to Z Challenge

A TO Z OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT




The English Alphabet X is very versatile in use. This fact was taught to us not in English class but in Algebra which was taught to us by our school principal. She was a very gentle lady but her selection of hiring teachers was tough. She wanted the best possible teacher in every subject with not only the knowledge but the patience required to be a teacher. While a lot of women had the patience, not a whole lot of women had the knowledge of Algebra. She only wanted to hire female teachers. Therefore she had to teach. My husband was surprised that what he learned in eighth grade I learned in seventh grade namely the value of X.

Each and every Roman numeral may not be very attractive but I like the number ten, the letter X.  It seems like the letter X got the respect it deserves.  It may not have a place at the top of the hour in a clock, but the place of letter X as the mysterious answer to questions in Algebra is very fascinating to young students. I am used to Metric system as India changed the measurement of cloth and liquids and weights. My daughter read an article that was arguing about using twelve as a method of counting things. It says that twelve is an easier number to deal with than ten is because it is divisible by three and four while ten is not. 



Whether or not Roman numeral ten is used today, I think it is important to learn the Roman numerals just the same as history is a great resource for us to learn from. 



13 comments:

Granny Annie said...

I used to know my Roman Numerals. What happens to our memories when we do not use what we have been taught?

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

The only place Roman numerals are employed to this day are to label the Super Bowl, which is consequently a very popular sporting event aired from the United States each year. I have no idea why the Super Bowl is done with roman numerals, but it is.

You also see them around Washington D.C.

It may be because roman numerals are more aesthetically pleasing on monuments and such.

klahanie said...

Hi Munir,

I notice that they often still use Roman numerals to indicate the date a TV show was made.

A ten out of ten, or should I say, an X out of X for this informative posting.

Apologies for not being around as much as I'd like. I'm struggling to keep up with so many doing the challenge I'm not involved with.

A peaceful Sunday to you, my friend.

Gary :)

Shelly said...

I have always loved Roman numerals. It's incredible to me that it is not being taught anymore in some places. How sad!

Kate OMara said...

It seems that numbers and counting is more to do with customs than anything like ease. If one is accustom to counting by the dozen or counting by tens or even twos, then that series would be the easiest because it's the most familiar.

DWei said...

Roman numerals are still used for aesthetic purposes I think.

Otherwise I don't see them used much outside of math.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Munir .. I agree with your daughter - once I'd found out the logic .. that 12 was a better system for many reasons ... I'd rather we used 12 .. makes us think too!

Cheers Hilary

Ghadeer said...

I don't like Roman numerals- I still mess them up sometimes (embarrassing!)

Sandy Campbell said...

I like your daughters usage of 12, I don't have a problem with Roman numerals, and never liked algebra! Lol. Great informative post!!

Ruth said...

I like roman numerals. My daughter doesn't know them or seem to remember so she is always asking me.

Silvia Villalobos said...

I know the Roman numerals up till we get into the hundreds. Then, it get a bit disorienting. But otherwise, I'm pretty ok with my XXIV and so forth. Having grown up in Europe, this is a must. Great reading your post. It sure brought back memories.

Silvia @ Silvia Writes

pagadan said...

X from algebra! What a cool choice. I'm impressed 'cause I never would have thought of that--or Roman numerals, even though I use them for my notebooks and other things.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I used to know my Roman numerals but over the years I have forgotten them :)