2 I really began to hate math when Sister Celine forced us to play counting contests. This old nun would make us stand up in rows, and then she would shout out problems. The ones who called out the correct answers fastest would win; those of us who answered wrong would have to sit down. Losing never bothered me that much. It was that feeling in the pit of my stomach before and right after she called out the numbers. You know, that math feeling. Somehow, not only did mathematics seem irrelevant and dull, it also became associated in my mind with speed and competition. Math just got worse as I got older. Negative numbers, I thought, were insane.
Cause and effect papers often make predictions based on known facts, trends, and developments. Prediction moves from the known and observable into the unknown and possible. Prediction tries to answer questions like these: What are the possible or likely consequences? Are these results likely to have great impact on my life or the lives of others? Are these results likely to have great impact on shaping public policy, society, or history? What preconditions would have to exist before my predictions could come about?