Monday, September 12, 2011

Changing Math Education

I want to share the following 3 min video of Arthur Benjamin explaining how mathematics education in our school systems should be changed to centered around statistics and probability.

Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education | Video on

In his talk, Arthur Benjamin discusses how all mathematics taught in school are based on a pyramid, on which calculus rests on the top.  While calculus is definitely an extremely important part of mathematics, the majority of people will not use it during their lifetime.  However, statistics are used on a daily basis by all people.  Thus, his idea is to reconfigure the pyramid of mathematics so that statistics and probability rest on the top.

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