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I Don't *Do* Math!
« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2005, 08:32:23 am »

I was a carpenter for 25+ years. In constructing a home, one uses alegebra and geometry constantly.
One example: You need to order lumber for rafters for your roof. How long must they be? Simple, use A squared + B squared = C squared.
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« Reply #31 on: July 06, 2005, 11:12:56 am »

Shorty - you'd never see anything useful like that used as examples in algebra class.

I got my 11 year old son to gleefully endorse several geometry concepts by using baseball diamonds as an example. As assistant coach, I used to arrive early so we could set up the field.

With one tape measure, it's possible to set up the baseball field with 3 people, and it will always be accurate. Naturally, I turned it into a geometry lesson.

Schools simply use boring examples that simply don't apply to children's interests. The children are then turned off of math - forever.

Imagine what can be used to teach integrals & differentiations!

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« Reply #32 on: July 06, 2005, 12:01:46 pm »

Canned curriculum has much in common with canned food. The public education system would have you believe that someone who dispenses the state-approved lessons is a "Teacher". Would you call a person who heats up a can of Spagetti-O's a "Chef"? :rolleyes:

Regarding making advanced math concepts fun, I'd like to link Don Cohen's page:
The Mathman

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« Reply #33 on: July 06, 2005, 12:12:57 pm »

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« Reply #34 on: July 06, 2005, 10:37:42 pm »

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Canned curriculum has much in common with canned food. The public education system would have you believe that someone who dispenses the state-approved lessons is a "Teacher". Would you call a person who heats up a can of Spagetti-O's a "Chef"? :rolleyes:

Ooh!  Good one...    :-)

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Regarding making advanced math concepts fun, I'd like to link Don Cohen's page:
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Loaded in another tab in my browser as I type this.  I could use some fun in math.
 
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« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2008, 12:54:07 pm »

Won't follow the state-sanctioned curriculum? Take a hike!

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« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2008, 07:40:25 pm »

As in so many things, Robert Heinlein is right again:

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