Unwarranted Opinions: learning to count


Morgan Kong

In her weekly column “UnWarranted Opinions,” staff reporter Drew Julao takes on a variety of topics and gives her take.

Drew Adrian Julao, Staff Reporter

Counting terms have been developed since the dawn of human civilization in order to easily understand each other when it came to quantities. There are so many different measuring systems like the metric system and the U.S. Standard measuring system, there are even systems for time which at its root is immeasurable. So when someone messes it up in some confusing way, people get confused as to how.

I guess I am dancing around the point here. Basically, a question that has been on my mind constantly is why do moms say that their child is 15-months-old? Just tell us he’s one year old! However, after some research, I have learned that there is actually so much more to it than that and it makes a lot of sense why mom’s and doctors should do it.

I took to the always reliable Quora and found a good stance on it. A random father of three answered the questions saying that babies develop rapidly over time. A baby at 13-months-old and a baby at 23-months-old are both one year old, but the ways in which they have developed cognitively or behaviorally would be vastly different. A 13-month-old could just be learning to stand up and say “mama” or “dada” whilst a 23-month-old could already be fully walking and saying simple sentences.

Don’t get me wrong, I used to be one of those people on the opposing side. I used to think that it didn’t make sense, but once the people of Quora taught me what it was really about, I fully understood, and I think that it is an interesting thing that everyone should know because I know a lot of other people that question it as well.

I mean, a lot of us don’t have babies and that’s why we question it, but it’s always good to understand things that aren’t applicable to you. It’s the same as learning about different cultures, we should be informed even if it’s about the tiniest things. So, when you question something that other people do, ask. There’s no harm in a question.