What example is that setting the younger generation who believe that education is not important, especially maths. Or expressing themselves in text speak on modern gadgets.
Mathematics is important to life. Especially statistics.
How else are people to know how many "friends" they have on social media and what percentage of these friends are personally known to them compared to those who have just clicked the friends icon on the website?
I like statistics. I use them to check how many readers I have on this blog and my other website. And how many readers are new or returning loyal readers like you just now. Thank you, by the way. I am very grateful.
Statistics can teach us a lot in life.
Did you know for example that 9 out of 5 people cannot do fractions?
And that one out of seven dwarfs is Grumpy?
Or that six out of seven dwarfs are not Happy?
Or that 50% of people do not understand percentages - that's almost half.
Or there is a 90% probability my wife would get angry if I put a red item in the washing machine - that's a 50/50 chance I guess, so let's try it and see!
You see ... statistics is or are important.
And so is grammar.
I remember when one day my English teacher said to me "Your grammar stinks!"
I was upset since my grandma always smelled of lavender.
I told my father what the teacher had said and he asked "Which grand-mother?"
He wrote a letter of complaint.
My teacher replied that she had never commented on, nor would she ever presume to comment on, my family's body odour!
On reading her letter my father gave me a clip round the ears and then wrote again to the teacher apologising for the misunderstanding.
On reading my father's letter the teacher gave me detention after school.
On the Saturday I went to Confession. Our church had an old fashioned confessional which was a wooden booth where the priest sat and the penitents would kneel on either side and confess through a small window.
I told the priest all that had happened. He said "Don't speak so loud I can smell your grandmother kneeling on my other side!" Although he did not specify which grandma he could smell.
Then he gave me an extra penance for speaking loudly and for drawing attention to old peoples' body odour. Which technically I had not done because it was not me who started all this; it was my English teacher who said "Your grammar stinks!"
I think the church got this whole question of confession and absolution wrong somehow. I got a penance for my teacher's sin!
Moral: So did Jesus.