My last post was about the 3 reasons I thought it was important to learn math in school, even though students may not (probably won’t) use it in everyday life. The three reasons were 1) It’s part of the liberal curriculum that we’re trying to give students of the United States, 2) appreciation for the fact that mathematics is all around us, and 3) it allows us to think in a more organized and efficient way. Continue reading

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# What’s the point of this? (part 1)

Last night I asked my karate instructor, an attorney for 35 years, if he had ever used the quadratic formula in his professional career. His answer surprised me a bit. He said, “No, but I also took many years of French, and I never had to use that either.” Continue reading