Living Math

Living Math

The site’s description:

“I want to build a bridge. I’d like to close the gap between math and history, science, literature and humanity created by the isolated way we traditionally approach math education.

In teaching my own children, tutoring and furthering my own self education, I’ve found that math history and literature humanizes math, makes it come alive, and provides the context needed to enjoy and retain learning. Early exposure to real mathematics in real settings without requiring mastery of arithmetic on a set timetable has been a key to the incredible ease my kids have attained mastery when the time is right for them. Patricia Kenschaft of Math Power refers to a goal of preserving the “rage for learning” that every child has inside of them. I believe that the way we isolate mathematics learning with the contrived, unrealistically applied arithmetic our children are taught without the human drama that created it has caused much of the math illiteracy (“innumeracy” to use Paulos’ word) and phobias our generation of educators, whether in home or classroom, experienced and pass on, as they know nothing else.”

“This site is dedicated to sharing resources for learning, exploring and enjoying math in a dynamic and holistic manner, for all ages.”

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