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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Math is art is science is life

For anyone who has ever hated math class or anyone who thinks they are bad at math, you should watch this film. THIS is why math, the way that it is taught in school, should be criminal! THIS is why schools fail at helping kids discover the beauty within the world. THIS is why the way we divide the world into "subjects" stifles creativity and the possibility of greatness. People used to believe in the interconnectedness of math and art and science and everything else in the whole wide world. How and why that ever changed, I don't know.

There is greatness that can happen by exploring the world through your passions. One idea can lead to millions of others IF you let it happen, IF that love of learning isn't crushed by boredom and tedium and dullness. The world is exciting and beautiful!

Between The Folds

At PBS, there is a whole bunch of cool stuff to explore on this!

games and info and other cool stuff


Anonymous said...

Math is a boon and learning is always fun if taken in the right spirit. Nowadays, children are very likely to avoid especially math. I don’t understand why they do so. Besides parents, online tutors are best persons to encourage students to give attention to such subjects. There are several online tutoring services available to help students across grades for a very nominal cost. Some of them specialize in STEM subjects, for instance, tutorteddy.com. Students with difficulties in math or science can try it.

Jenny Cyphers said...

Anonymous, You missed the point entirely. Math shouldn't BE a subject isolated and taught. Math is a part of the world, everywhere all around us. It breathes in the very fabric of life.

I don't know what STEM subjects are, but it sounds every bit as icky as school math!

Nothing about learning should be a boon. People are NOT investments. Children are NOT investments for future employees. Despite the fact this sort of thinking is a very popular way to view children and people, it has only been around since the Nixon era and Title 1 funding and the billions of dollars that tax payers put out to support it all.

Money=Investments=Education is a really new construct, one that hasn't at all proven it's own value. The word "boon" should be tossed in the trash along with school math text books, when it comes to happy learning and joyful exploration of the world.

There is only difficulty in math and science when there are teachers with students, disconnected from the real world! Outside of that paradigm, science and math are beautiful and fun and bring pleasure to those that seek it!

Jenny Cyphers said...

In the film, they interview a math teacher in Israel, who made a whole program using origami. This is what she said about it... "The children like it and they don't think about 'Oh, I learned geometry and it's boring and all this', they're just folding and playing and smiling. What it's doing it's doing happiness."

Jill said...

I think the only vestige of the interconnectedness of subjects comes through in a humanities education. You still can't graduate from college with an engineering degree, for example, without studying fine art and language. But they are so separate from one another. I actually took one math class in college that was meant for non science/math majors, and it integrated math with life--we made drawings using different perspectives and did soduko puzzles and learned the equation for calculating compound interest, and much, much more. How sad that it was considered the dummy class.

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clovis simard said...

Oui ! J'ai le goût d'ajouter: La vie est un visage !

Mon Blog présente le lien entre l'art-sciences-maths !
C'est une théorie mathématique de la conscience humaine.

Clovis Simard