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Ethan Mook
Posted over 2 years ago
Why does everyone hate math?
It's interesting to see how these comments have turned out. I think it's odd that there has emerged this idea that math is this beauteous abstract art and should be taught as such (which I completely agree with), but on the other hand there is this other idea that math is this great tool that is used absolutely everywhere, and that it is taught in a way that doesn't relate it enough to life as it should be (this I also agree with). But the thing I find most interesting is that they're both used arguing for the same thing: math is good, but taught badly. Personally I think that both of the ideas are terrible alone, and should both be implemented. It should definitely be pointed out (more like screamed in their faces) that math is this incredibly useful tool that can be used in literally any situation, and taught in a way that reinforces this. But I see no reason to not teach kids the wondrous beauty of the art of mathematics; just not everyone. I think that math as a core required class should be how it's useful in the real world, but aside from that why not throw math in as a non-required class too, where the art of math is taught. I'm astounded at the thoughtfulness of the answers I'm getting, and I'm surprised at the direction the conversation has gone. I hope this continues, it'll give me something to think about. Man TED is just amazing.
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Ethan Mook
Posted over 2 years ago
Why does everyone hate math?
I like both approaches. I think that your idea would be really cool, and that it would be a great substitute to the current math program, but personally (being one of those "math people") I don't think that's enough. I think that math should be also taught in it's pure and abstract way, but only in an elective type class. I think that if you get students to recognize that math is both an art and a tool, more people would like math (maybe even enough to keep a math elective running).
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Ethan Mook
Posted over 2 years ago
Why does everyone hate math?
I agree that math should be taught in a way that demonstrates it as a great tool for solving science problems (or any other problem really). I disagree where you say that the pure abstract math should be left out of most people's curriculum. I believe that math should be taught in a more abstract sense. Math shouldn't just be considered a tool, it's also an art. Student's, I think, should be taught to see math just the way they see band class or art class. It's not that math should just be taught as a tool, or just taught as a way of thinking, I think it should be taught as both, but just not in the same class.