Seriously … why don’t maths classes use computers? Excel, simple Python scripts, Mathematica / Sage, everything beyond the TI-83. Kids could be creating totally sweet visuals instead of cribbing formulae. And thinking instead of copying.

I can say from my experience teaching that giving kids some real data and having them muck around with it for an hour, was better than an hour of my lectures. (And guess what, they understood lecture better after they’d looked at real data.)

Why, why, why, why, why is maths education so bad?

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  1. mango-rotter reblogged this from isomorphismes and added:
    wonder the same thing. It’s embarrassing...something as instrumental as
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  4. davidsca reblogged this from isomorphismes and added:
    Some of my deepest mathematical realizations have come from analyzing data, and selecting the right tool from my...
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  6. lembarrasduchoix reblogged this from isomorphismes and added:
    THIS. IS. SO. BRILLIANT. I fucking love you, Wolfram. I started using WolframAlpha for all my calc homework this year...
  7. weekendwildfire reblogged this from isomorphismes and added:
    I went to two schools specialized in science and mathematics. I remember being in middle school and high school and...
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  10. lembarrasduchoix said: Whole-heartedly agree. I think I only excel in maths because I’m such a visual person. It’s no wonder those who are not do not succeed.
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  13. visionsofsplendor reblogged this from isomorphismes and added:
    My grade 12 math teacher actually did things like this all the time. We had our class in the computer science lab so he...
  14. moreartlessmatter said: My grade 12 math teacher actually did things like this all the time. We had our class in the computer science lab so he used the computers as much as possible to show us simulations. He was one of the best teacher I’ve ever had.
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