If you are concerned about homeschooling your kids you can find encouragement in this story from The Ukiah Daily Journal:
Mathematics, Meyer Style
By Carole Brodsky
Ukiahan making waves in academia and cyberspace
For the Daily Journal
Holiday shoppers can thank Dan Meyer and his Ukiah High instructors for helping them shave precious minutes off their waiting time in crowded stores. And that’s only the beginning for Meyer – recently labeled by CBS news as “the trash-talking High School Math teacher.”
Meyer lived in Ukiah from ages 5 to 18, homeschooling and attending Ukiah High School, graduating with the class of 2000.
From homeschooling kid to “trash-talking High School Math teacher” to:
That piqued the interest of Google – which has hired Meyer part-time. Google reached out to university professors and high school math teachers, and Meyer was selected for the job.
“I have deferred graduate school for a year and accepted a 10-month position as a curriculum fellow at Google’s campus in Mountain View, California. I just started, which means my understanding of the job is informed only by the application process and not yet by any actual experience.”
Meyer will be working with a handful of other math teachers to embed the Python programming language into traditional math curriculum.
I am no longer surprised to find homeschooling woven into an interesting life narrative. The description of the “Meyer Style” approach to teaching math is part of that narrative and also of interest. Read the entire story.