The Scam of Percentages

The day remains clearly etched in my memory. I was in fifth standard and one day I came home utterly dejected. The maths teacher had introduced the concept of percentages and I just couldn’t fathom it. It sounded freakishly alien. I literally had tears in my eyes because it seemed that everybody in the class understood it except me.

The teacher had repeated the definition – percentage is when you convert any ratio into base of hundred – at least a dozen times in the class that day. It didn’t help.

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