Imagine replacing the sequence of algebra, geometry and calculus with a sequence of finance, data and basic engineering.Robert Pondiscio responds.
How to Fix Our Math Education
By SOL GARFUNKEL and DAVID MUMFORD
Published: August 24, 2011
For the most part, it appears, Joanne Jacobs' readers aren't impressed. I'm especially partial to this comment:
I’m currently teaching quantitative literacy at the community college level. The vast majority of students who take it need either this class or a basic stats class to fulfill a graduation requirement.That reminds me of the time C. said, back when he was age 10 or so: "They don't understand, Mom. When you make math more fun, it's more boring."
I have taught this class for several semesters over the past few years. My impression: Most students don’t really care for the class, despite its “relevancy.” It seems that not a few felt misled by their advisers, thinking that they were enrolling in an “easier” math class. They tend to wish that they had enrolled in the basic stats instead, because it is more straightforward as a math class.