November 29, 2014
How many of you out there think math is an important part of education? Also, how many of you really, truthfully enjoyed taking math courses in school? The resounding response to the former is that math plays a crucial role in education, but the latter response would indicate that most of us didn’t enjoy our own mathematics education.
Taking the stage at Tech Cocktail Week, Stuart Gannes of MakerMedia stood in front of an owl sculpture, the symbol of learning, to talk about exactly that: learning. It all starts for Gannes at a simple place, the Twitter-sphere. If you look at Twitter feeds focused on algebra, or math, you’ll see that people think math sucks and makes our lives difficult.
However, Gannes thinks that math is on the wrong track because we should be in a golden age for math education in schools. Think about it, it provides the foundation for a problem solving mindset that address every sector of society. Not to mention that computers are built on programming, which is built on mathematical logic.
Most students treat math classes as an ordeal to be tolerated, but that’s because math teaching is out of date. The real question is how we can fix that.
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