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GeneralBack To School: Part I Pin
MehGerbil14-Nov-12 3:01
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I thought it might be a good idea to run down to the local community college and sign up for some classes. I've spent all my time as a programmer over the last 10 years and I think things have gotten a bit stale. My noggin is getting sleepy so I figure a few classes might brush away the malaise. Networking has always confused me so I thought I'd jump into that and learn some of the basics.

Evidently my B.A degree and numerous technical community college courses over the years do not exempt me from placement tests. I have to take tests in math, writing, and reading. I was looking over the math questions and I'll be honest - I don't think I can pass the Algebra portion. It's a bit of a wake up call. I may be much dumber than I appear - which is scary.

It occurs to me that I may have programmed myself into a position at work for which I'm unqualified.

Of course, there are many ways to judge "qualified", after all I do write and manage software used by hundreds of people. There are real world skills vs. figuring out when a train leaving point A at 65 miles per hour will intersect a train leaving point B at 35 miles per hour - however, I hate the idea that I've lost so much knowledge. Granted, I don't know if I ever had the knowledge to solve the trian thingy.

There is this gem off the community college website:
Since math knowledge can deteriorate with time, math levels of 5 and above are good for two years from the placement test date or the completion of specific math courses.

I can read that two ways:
1: Because most math is utterless useless you have a tendency to shove it out of your head so that useful items can be remembered instead.

2: You're too old for this - come get some, biiiyatch!

I could take a quick refresher and bone my way through the placement tests just to blow past them but it occurs to me that just brushing them aside isn't the best choice. I'm in no hurry so I think #2 sounds like fun. I think I'll go take the placement test, bomb it, and then enroll in a basic maths class and enjoy the process. I think I may just go learn the maths this time around for fun.

I'm not dead yet.
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