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September 14, 2012

Helloooooo America,

There’s been lots of talk about dumping math. Recently The New York Times ran an article ‘Is Algebra Necessary? and in the Huffington Post  a NY junior high student noted that math ‘feels meaningless’.

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But don’t you worry your pretty little head about math America.

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Don’t tell students:

* that every pipeline, powerline, car, building, baseball stadium, sound system, TV, video game, fashion item, food product, phone, hair goo and anything else you buy, wear or plug your ears into needs math.

* that Harry Potter movies need Math and The Hunger Games series is based on Math.

*that they can work out how much models legs are stretched in photoshop using math.

*that probability counts. Let them believe in Luck. (Don’t mention that Las Vegas was built by losers)

* that some people who use algorithms don’t know what they’re doing like, um, bankers!

*that it can be fun (The Great Math Scavenger Hunt) and funny. (Manly Moustache Math)

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And don’t let teachers be creative. Make sure they teach math like a dead language. Everyone does.

Make sure teachers grind their students through repetitive exercises to make math boring and irrelevant.

Make sure math is taught simply to pass standardised tests. The math whizz kids will. But as in Australia and the UK those math whizz kids don’t stick with math. Why would they? It’s boring. They get their scores, dump maths and go off to college to do Law or the like.

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But don’t you worry your pretty little head about math, America.

Some folk in some country somewhere will do the math we need. Five letters. Starts with C. Ends with A. Or am I going too fast for you?

This is the FIELD OF NIGHTMARES. Make maths horrible and they won’t come.

Cheerio

Mathspig

By the way, you do have some crazy math mad folk who believe math is really useful, relevant and fun. They get excited about math. And they spread the excitement around.

Here are two of them: 

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Kyle Gerrity is Co-Founder of Slader.COM,  an interactive math forum providing homework help for students across America.

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Patrick Vennebush, Manager of Online Projects for the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.

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2 comments

  1. Hi there,

    My name is Liz. I am a blogger at thefactortree.com – an adaptive/interactive online math learning curriculum. We focus on students from the pre-k to the 6th grade. I apologize for posting the info on here but I was unable to find the contact information for you.

    I just came across your blog and thought you have some great content, so I wanted to reach out to you and see if you would be interested in checking out our site and providing us with some feedback? We’ve added new features, new blog content are currently working on revamping our site – the new version should be out by the end of the month. If you like our service (which is currently free to use- but not for long), would you be willing to write about it? Please let me know as that would be incredibly helpful for us. We are always looking to partner with other education online sources so we would very much appreciate your feedback. I hope to hear from you.

    Regardless, thanks for writing and enjoy your day.

    Thank you, Liz

    We hope you check out our Facebook.com/FactorTree and Twitter.com/FactorTree pages to get to know us better.


    • Hi Liz,
      I’m interested in all things mathsy. So I’ll check out your site. Cheerio Mathspig.



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