tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post3745514715254925950..comments2021-05-06T09:26:05.576-04:00Comments on Michael James on Money: The Value of MathMichael Jameshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10362529610470788243noreply@blogger.comBlogger10125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post-80499652740558124792013-12-31T11:51:41.181-05:002013-12-31T11:51:41.181-05:00@Maya Kuc Corbic: Thanks. I think trying to conn...@Maya Kuc Corbic: Thanks. I think trying to connect math teaching to real-world problems is a good idea, as long as we teach the basics solidly as well.Michael Jameshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10362529610470788243noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post-17086895507675093662013-12-31T11:11:54.053-05:002013-12-31T11:11:54.053-05:00Great post! Math was my favourite subject in schoo...Great post! Math was my favourite subject in school. However I remember some of my friends hating it. I think that math lessons should be tied with important life decisions like buying a new car or a home, budgeting or investment decisions. I find that my students are more interested in doing math calculations when they are trying to solve real life problems (i.e. can they move out and live independently based on a high school graduate salary). Maya Kuc Corbic, CPA, CAhttp://www.dinarii.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post-53242979406115095702013-04-05T10:22:42.600-04:002013-04-05T10:22:42.600-04:00@Raman: I hadn't read it. After a quick skim...@Raman: I hadn't read it. After a quick skim, it looks very interesting. I think the real fix for math education is to have math teachers who actually like math and are good at real math.Michael Jameshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10362529610470788243noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post-17343646918818008232013-04-05T10:12:51.415-04:002013-04-05T10:12:51.415-04:00I agree with you completely on this topic, Michael...I agree with you completely on this topic, Michael. Have you read "A Mathematician's Lament"? It will sadden you to no end: http://www.maa.org/devlin/lockhartslament.pdf.Ramanhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14560554403319818391noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post-66330758623535708832013-04-01T10:13:32.007-04:002013-04-01T10:13:32.007-04:00One aspect of teaching math was not yet covered in...One aspect of teaching math was not yet covered in the post and comments - brain development. To develop brain needs exercise, just like any other organ. People who study complicated subjects - math, science, languages - have a more interlinked brain structure, they are capable to adapt and react quicker.AnatoliNhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07937984526970646627noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post-12164106273756697792013-03-28T17:53:00.441-04:002013-03-28T17:53:00.441-04:00Tiering is a great idea!.. Math clubs could help ...Tiering is a great idea!.. Math clubs could help achieve this concept. Lack of "good" math teachers is a serious problem though! I had my kids take private tuition when in 11th and 12th grades.Be*enhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10573175666860874425noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post-47613146670038349502013-03-28T13:45:35.278-04:002013-03-28T13:45:35.278-04:00@Tara: Yours is a common experience, sadly. Tier...@Tara: Yours is a common experience, sadly. Tiering is challenging for schools. It's much easier to just slap all kids at the same level. But making two students with very different math abilities work side-by-side is demoralizing for the weaker student and boring for the stronger student.Michael Jameshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10362529610470788243noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post-51203896675832377682013-03-28T13:42:03.703-04:002013-03-28T13:42:03.703-04:00I wish that my high school had had the tiered math...I wish that my high school had had the tiered math programs you mention - math is not my strong point, but I was capable of basic math concepts, what I would call functional math literacy. Unfortunately my teacher catered to the math-geeks and shamed me for being less talented, despite all my efforts, which was very demoralizing and discouraging.Taranoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post-678717838192299332013-03-28T11:49:16.565-04:002013-03-28T11:49:16.565-04:00@Greg: I'm guessing he meant "Fermat'...@Greg: I'm guessing he meant "Fermat's Last Theorem".Michael Jameshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10362529610470788243noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5465015914589377788.post-66939834729706845972013-03-28T10:05:18.142-04:002013-03-28T10:05:18.142-04:00Another mathy family here! "Is algebra neces...Another mathy family here! "Is algebra necessary" is sort of like asking "is literature necessary", "is art necessary", or "is history necessary". They are all important to being successful and happy in our world. <br /><br />And what is "Fermat's Dilemma" that Hacker says can't be remembered in the article? That Fermat was too busy with his day job to write down the proof of his last theorem? :)Gregnoreply@blogger.com