The public’s much-criticized lack of interest in advanced math may, in fact, betray their good sense, not their bad. Calculus-driven math may be foolish-driven math, that mis-prepares us, leaving us disarmed before the realities of our world. Perhaps a “statistics-driven” math would be equally tough and “advanced” but more suitable for a democratic citizenry?
I’m convinced the Algebra I > Geometry > Algebra II > Precalculus > Calculus train is useful only to the students who ride it all the way through Calculus, where all of Algebra II’s abstract gamesmanship finally pays off
Other math teachers feel free to drop some disagreement on me but Algebra II needs to earn its way as an elective and accede its place on state college prereq lists to Statistics, which, for anyone majoring outside the hard sciences, is more relevant, more useful, and often more fun.
[via the Teaching Excellence Network’s strong new blog]
- Roger Schank takes fewer prisoners than I do over at The Pulse.