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Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by JackTheTripper
I'm probably going to get a lot of flack for this, but it is my sincere belief that introductory algebra should be taught around the third grade, right after the addition/multiplication tables. Not advanced concepts, of course, but instead of asking over and over, year after year, "what is 2+2?", we should be asking kids "what is x when x=2+2?". It's not that difficult a concept for young minds, and it would introduce them to mathematical equalities on an intuitive level.
Let the flames begin.
Originally posted by zigmeister
I've come to realize that I née mathematics. In school, I was one of the sort who would at "I'm never going to use this in life". Ive come to realize how seriously debilitating a lack of mathematical knowledge really is. I did well enough in mathematics up until the sixth grade, where I encountered some sort of mental stumbling block (of which I have no idea what it is or when I encountered it) which has made it difficult for me to understand some of the simplest and fundamental concepts in more advanced mathematics, (algebra, advanced geometry, trig, calc, etc)
Originally posted by JackTheTripper
reply to post by apeofapeland
Wouldn't it be best not to be taught by books but rather to come up with the formulas as you need them...?
As TheRedneck stated: "The hardest math anyone ever takes is 2+2=4... those addition and multiplication tables. They're all memorization. Everything after that is just a few rules and how to make them work. "
Originally posted by SLO7H
I've learned what I need to learn for my job. The rest is really just bull# which I've never used or will be using ever in my life. I wish they would give you the math that you really need for the job you're going to get, when I realized what I needed I learned it super fast because I could see the meaning. but when I didn't see the meaning at all it got more difficult.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Math rules. School ruined it for me. Even in college too much time was spent going over the same crap over and over and over in a fruitless effort to bring the dullards up to speed. At the beginning of every semester when it was apparent 90%+ of the class had no business being there the teacher always went on a rant about how it wasnt his job to teach the last class over and he spent half the semester doing just that. So it never went anywhere.
I loved it, then school made me hate it, now that all that structured catering to the lowest common denominator is done with I love it again.
I've been on an engineering and mechanics kick that is spilling over into organic chemistry. Stuff I always thought I loved until I took them as classes. Nothing quite ruins the excitement of education like being dragged down along with the bell curve.
The real shame if it is that as much as I may learn on my own it's all basically useless since it doesnt mean anything without that fancy and expensive piece of parchment to verify it.
edit on 8-12-2011 by thisguyrighthere because: (no reason given)