How Our 1,000-year-old Math Curriculum Cheats America’s Kids

From the eSchools News article:

math-edImagine you had to take an art class in which you were taught how to paint a fence or a wall, but you were never shown the paintings of the great masters, and you weren’t even told that such paintings existed. Pretty soon you’d be asking, why study art?

That’s absurd, of course, but it’s surprisingly close to the way we teach children mathematics. In elementary and middle school and even into high school, we hide math’s great masterpieces from students’ view. The arithmetic, algebraic equations and geometric proofs we do teach are important, but they are to mathematics what whitewashing a fence is to Picasso–so reductive it’s almost a lie.

Most of us never get to see the real mathematics because our current math curriculum is more than 1,000 years old. For example, the formula for solutions of quadratic equations was in al-Khwarizmi’s book published in 830, and Euclid laid the foundations of Euclidean geometry around 300 BC. If the same time warp were true in physics or biology, we wouldn’t know about the solar system, the atom and DNA. This creates an extraordinary educational gap for our kids, schools and society.

 

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Expanding Tech Education

Good article in the Boston Globe today about the need to expand tech education.

Our biggest and most glaring takeaway from the piece:

“College graduates who code can start out making close to six figures. If we were all 17 again, wouldn’t we all grow up to become programmers?”

Tablettoddlers couldn’t agree more.

Tablettoddlers Recommends Eggy Subtract to 20 App

Tablettoddlers officially endorses the $2.99 math learning app for iPads and iPhones Eggy Subtract to 20.

The educational app includes six interactive games, two difficulty levels for each activity, five ‘Mashies’ characters to unlock and earn, and a choice of an Australian, English or U.S. narrator accent.

To celebrate the launch of Eggy Subtract to 20, the company is reducing the price of all its other Reading Egg apps to $1.99 for one week beginning April 9.

 

Study: More Babies Are Using Smartphones, Tablets

According to a study by Common Sense Media, 38% of babies under age 2 use tablets or smartphones, up from 10% in 2011. But child development experts say less early exposure may be best. “The bottom line is that it’s so new we don’t know if it’s good, bad or otherwise.”

For more on this study, click here.