Kid, i think you may have dyslexia's overlooked cousin, dyscalculia. Hardly anyone gets diagnosed with it, likely because so few ever hear of it. Dyslexia gets all the attention. I actually diagnosed myself with it, and had to educate my school on it when I went back for my grade 12 (high school drop out here :p) I was in an upgrading class because one of the final two credits I needed was math, always the bane of my educational experience. I did okay with addition, subtraction, but got lost in fractions. Pie charts I could grasp, stuff I could compare to quarters (4 quarters equal $1) but anything more complex than that? No, in am not smarter than a 5th grader. No matter how my teacher tried to explain it, I just couldn't (and still don't) understand. Finally I got up and waited for the principal. I told her of my struggle, about my self-diagnosed learning disability, and how it's unfair that I would be unable to get my grade 12 over one mandatory credit when I truly cannot comprehend the subject. My teacher just happened to show up while I was there, and she backed me up saying I really was trying but I just can't grasp it. The principal asked me to spell dyscalculia, as she'd never heard of it. "Nobody has. Dyslexia gets all the attention." I said, and spelled it. She googled it, to verify I wasn't making it up. She then agreed it is unfair that I should be unable to graduate over one credit, offered I take a different course in its place, and thanked me for educating them as it might help them identify the disability in others who may not be aware of why they struggle so much with math. A few months later, I got my grade 12 without the mandatory math credit
I've thought about speaking to other schools to raise awareness. Its really not right that so few people are aware it exists, leaving people like you and I feeling like we're stupid. Well, that feeling creeps back at times, but at least you can say "I have a little heard of learning disability, so I suck at math." Spread the word when it comes up. Dyscalculia deserves some recognition!
Unrelated to my above post, just want to say while I have heard of common core, it seems where I live that one of the bigger issues with public education is that teachers frequently go on strike. Now they are forced to abide by this new Work to Rule regulation. So now teachers are saying they won't do report cards or parent/teacher meetings or extracurricular activities. The students are suffering for it.
I think the worst strike was when the university or college did it in the middle of the school year. Most of those kids took out loans, which they have to repay with interest. They went into debt because they care about their education. And the teachers went on strike.
Such behavior builds animosity, destroys trust, and gives the public a low opinion on teachers. Half the time we don't even know what they're upset about. But striking isn't going to make us sympathetic to their cause regardless if its public schools, which are free, and especially not when its a school those students went into debt to attend. (I think their current issues are cutbacks and class sizes that are too big.)
Idk. More and more I'm thinking Montessori is the way to go. I just need to figure out how to pay for it :p universe? Yeshua? Angels? Help please