Why teach Math?
As I’ve been working on putting my classroom structure together and spiraling curriculum and every other idea I’m tinkering with as I dive head first into this whole math reform movement, I’ve been thinking about the student goals. Not just the standards, but what skills I want my math students to have when they leave me, and larger, why should schools even teach math.
We live in a time when almost all of those students can use verbal commands to ask their pocket computers to solve just about any math question. The vast majority of these students won’t need to know the algorithms or equations in their post high school lives. After pre-algebra, they really are very unlikely to use the math they learn, except to explore more math. Its almost like a ponzi scheme.
So in light of the tech and realities we face, why teach mathematics? It seems to me that the answer to that question will drive how and what we teach the learners, both curricular and extracurricular.
So what do you all think? Why teach should we teach math in 2019?