In this high school epic film exploring one of the most elusive algebraic concepts, CJ and Matt must learn how to simplify complex rational expressions before solving them. Along the way, they will encounter various influential characters who will help them uncover the mysteries of higher mathematics, but the ultimate test will determine the fate of the world: learning the true nature of the enigmatic Infinity Ball.
Source: xkcd: Linear Regression
I’m a math purist. I’m one of the few laypersons that is vocal in support of common core math (it teaches deductive concepts that support higher mathematics instead of favoring memorization of facts). I also tend to agree with the arguments presented here. Statistics and civil mathematics are excellent courses to be studied, and they could even help bring some sanity to a crumbling republic by teaching about logical fallacies and how to tease them out. Geometry makes more practical sense than algebra (even if one is based on the other) as it has grounds in more-or-less concrete, physical applications. High school should prepare students for real life, for walking into the labour force with at least some training in practical skills. Algebra, as pure and beautiful as it is, does nothing to prepare most people for life.
This is why I’m moving away from directly posting to Facebook and other social networks at large. Within 10 years, I hope to see us all owning our metadata again, and being much more careful with whom we share it. Fat chance….
I was hugely impressed with Cathy “Mathbabe” O’Neil’s talk at Personal Democracy Forum 2015, “Weapons of Math Destruction”
For all you parents who can’t seem to figure out your child’s homework.
Texas Instruments has a monopoly in the education system. One app is trying to disrupt it.
Please stop. It’s actually insulting to hear that phrase. You’re a human being with advanced problem solving skills. You use maths every day. Stop selling yourself short.
I often hear “I’m just not a math person.” Here’s why that’s not true.