For the non-math buffs out there, do you remember sitting in high school math and thinking to yourself that you would never use some of this stuff? Well, I have a creative young friend who is studying interior decorating. Witnessing her do her homework one weekend, she asked her dad (who used to be a flooring and tile installer) how to calculate the area of a room so that she would order the correct amount of paint. Dad was helping her out, and I thought about how we do need to learn a large range of things in order to succeed, and that it’s too bad students balk at so many things. However, an important life skill was demonstrated here, and that knowing where to go to figure out an answer.