When I was in middle school, my uncle asked my what I’d learned that day. I answered, “Pi R square.” My uncle, who was a bit unsophisticated answered, “Honey, they are teaching you wrong. Everyone knows pies are round. Corn bread are square.”
Okay. It’s an old joke. But poor math skills are no joking matter—particularly here in the USA. As a recent Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) survey found, U.S. adults scored at the bottom of the 24 participating countries, outranking only Italy and Spain, in their ability to solve everyday problems, such as calculating the total price for items in a buy one, get the second at 50% off sale.
So, on this day, as we celebrate Pi, our favorite irrational number, Learning List would like to give a shout out and a high five to math educators who strive to develop the habits of mind and quantitative reasoning skills that are so critical to our students’ (and adults’) success.
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Go math! Go math teachers!
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