Posted by DrJeff on December 18th, 2009
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Dr. Jeff on Mathematics Education
Math is the language of nature. If you yearn to know
how she operates, you must speak her language.
I wrote this essay because I needed to get something off my chest. It first appeared as a foreword to a Dr. Jeff’s Weekly Challenge posted on June 15, 2009, but I think it’s so important that I decided to commit it to a formal Resource Page here at Blog on the Universe. My Resource Pages are all found in the right navigation column under the section titled “Pages” and under the subsection titled “Dr. Jeff on Stuff – The BotU Resource Pages” (take a look at right.) I dedicate the Resource Pages to essays on important topics like: the Nature of Our Existence, the Art of Teaching, Scientists and Engineers as Heros and Role Models, and the Crisis in Science and Technology Education. I felt that an important essay on mathematics and mathematics education should be a dedicated Resource Page.
So here now is my sure to be viewed as an outrageous essay:
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One Response to “Let’s Ban English in School …. Except in English Class”
Todd lee Says:
December 18th, 2009 at 1:49 pm
A modest proposal :-), with a dead right point that should be considered by every general studies committee in academics.
My only gray thought is a constant with me. Mathematics has a language. Because of its abstract nature, math is highly interwoven with its language. And because it is so darn applicable, math is often completely associated with its language by the other sciences. But Math is far more than just language.
I know that not all agree. And I suspect it is mostly true that it is the use of the math language that is the necessary ingredient for other classes.