If you have reached college-level mathematics, then you have spent a great deal of time in your life immersed in “mathematics education” — that is, you’ve gone to a lot of math classes. As you may know, there is a great deal of controversy surrounding mathematics education in the United States, and you have all had a front-row seat for twelve or more years of your life. In this assignment, I will ask you to watch a video that comments on math education, and discuss what you see.
Assignment (Due Tuesday, May 15th). Choose ONE of the videos below. View it carefully at least twice, then write a response as follows:
- At the top of your response, state your name, section number, and the name of the video you chose.
- Write a paragraph in which you complete each of the following sentences, explaining in your own words.
- “The main idea is…”
- “One thing that I liked is…”
- “One thing that I don’t agree with is…” or “One thing that I am skeptical of is…”
- Did the video remind you of anything in your own experiences in math education? Explain.
Videos. Both of the videos linked below are talks given at the TED conference, an annual conference on Technology, Entertainment and Design.
- Dan Meyer, one of the most active voices in the math education blogosphere, talking about “Math class needs a makeover.”
- Salman Khan, creator of Khan Academy, speaking on “Let’s use video to reinvent education.”
Extra credit. Comment on someone else’s post.