[Edu-sig] Confused how teach geometry and importance of teaching geometry in 21st century.
michel paul
mpaul213 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 26 06:23:11 CET 2010
Beautiful! Thank you for making this statement. Lots of people making
decisions in education need to hear this.
On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 10:08 PM, Jason Axelson <bostonvaulter at gmail.com>wrote:
> As a somewhat recent high-school graduate (2005) I must say that I don't
> think that all the countless proofs we did in geometry helped my logical
> reasoning that much. I think that programming helped that 100x more than
> geometry did.
>
> Jason
>
> On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 4:40 PM, <chris at seberino.org> wrote:
>
>> I'm teaching high school math to homeschoolers and I'm looking for how to
>> make
>> geometry year meaningful.
>>
>> I'm having a "crisis of confidence" because from my viewpoint, algebra was
>> 10x
>> more useful for future math and science work.
>>
>> The only thing I can remember that was useful from geometry was a few
>> volume
>> and area formulas. That can justify maybe a month but not a whole YEAR of
>> geometry!?!?
>>
>> cs
>>
>> P.S. Yes yes I know that geometry is meant to teach logical reasoning.
>> Maybe
>> one can get that from chess, debate club and other activities as well if
>> not better? People also say geometry is where you learn proofs. Couldn't
>> proofs be just as easily emphasized in all the other math classes?
>>
>> --
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>>
>> Christian Seberino, Ph.D.
>> Email: chris at seberino.org
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