The assumption that we all need to take higher math is wrong. For those who love math, go ahead and wallow in the numbers! For most of
us, though, arithmetic, thinking logically and reasoning is what we need most.

Based on math teachers' lectures on TED talks, taking Calculus and Trigonometry is practical for professions who put it to use--like engineers and technicians. The rest of us will remember just enough to pass the class or get through the SAT.

To keep math relevant and interesting, Nate and I are working through this book:

After most of these problems, he pronounced them "fun" and "cool."

**It doesn't take long to work through each dilemma, and the stories have a sense of exaggerated danger that boys love.**
Thanks for these recommendations! Heading to Amazon to put that book on the wishlist now, and bookmarking mathplayground as well. I saw that TED talk, about how not everyone needs higher math, last week and thought it made a lot of sense!

ReplyDeleteThe book is geared toward 5th, 6th, and 7th graders (though I have not shared that with N. as he might pre-screen himself out of some problems). It requires arithmetic + - x / and a patient parent to let him wallow around in *not knowing* right away. I like that it leaves the reader to decide the proper approach. In a few cases, we found the right answer, but not in the way shown on the answer page.

ReplyDeleteI'm going to get my hands on this book, too. We have two of his science books, and those are pretty cool.

ReplyDeleteI read the author's name and pictured it by "Sean Connery"

ReplyDelete:-) I would buy that book, too, but only on audio and only if Sean read it.

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DeleteHere's the link to that TED talk, John Bennett, TEDx Manhattan Beach (copy & paste):

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It must be making the rounds as it showed up on "Almost Unschoolers" (blog I follow).

The book looks great, and goes right to where my thoughts are flowing :)

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