Should Math Be Taught In Schools?

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Should Math Be Taught In Schools?

Message  gerardM le Sam 6 Avr - 15:01

Hi everyone,

About 2 minutes of miss USA interviews regarding Should Math Be Taught In Schools? (Adobe Flash Player video)

What do you think?

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Re: Should Math Be Taught In Schools?

Message  AlexandreO le Sam 6 Avr - 15:50

I haven't really understood what they said, but I can assume they don't agree with maths teaching in schools.
Especially concerning about miss Vermont, I believed she said: "maths in schools, is that a joke?"

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Re: Should Math Be Taught In Schools?

Message  gerardM le Sam 6 Avr - 20:45

Hi Alexandre, hi everyone,

Thanks for your comment.
You didn't write "... point out big mistakes..." in you sig, so I won't criticize you much Wink

I already told you that my language was rather American (I'd to choose, I didn't want a mixture, a bit of British & a bit of American and as a result nothing correct) but I usually know the differences between Am and Brit.

I would like to point out that for their shortcuts, Americans use "Math" while Brits, Australians (and the countries of the Commonweath) use "Maths".

AlexandreO a écrit:I haven't really understood what they said, but I can assume they don't agree with maths teaching in schools.
Especially concerning about miss Vermont, I believed she said: "maths in schools, is that a joke?"
I don't know if these misses are engineers and need advanced knowledge in math. Wink When people don't have the appropriate frame of mind, they consider math a true nightmare.
... you've got a few mistakes in the last quoted line...

Given what you wrote, I guess you like math and even find pleasure solving equations, finding out the solution of a hard problem... many people hate math! I love math but after years, I realized psychology, literature, history, law, languages, etc. were well too.

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Re: Should Math Be Taught In Schools?

Message  AlexandreO le Sam 6 Avr - 21:13

You have written: "Given what you wrote, I guess you like math and even find pleasure solving equations, finding out the solution of a hard problem... many people hate math! I love math but after years, I realized psychology, literature, history, law, languages, etc. were well too."

I'm totally agree with you on this viewpoint, I love mathematics, and physics too.
But, this year, I do as best I can to don't close me to any subjects, especially concerning philosophy because this subject help me, it changes my way of thinking, my way of seeing what there is around me.

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Re: Should Math Be Taught In Schools?

Message  gerardM le Sam 6 Avr - 21:57

Hi Alexandre,
Please feel free to point out big mistakes...
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AlexandreO a écrit:You have written: "Given what you wrote...
You have to know Americans use past tense rather than present perfect and especially you'll find Brits using present perfect in a sentence and Americans using past instead (even though you could think "there's still a consequence in the present...").
By the way, Americans tend to avoid many "useless" small words such as articles (what you can realize in my sentences).

I'm totally agree with you on this viewpoint, I love mathematics, and physics too.
But, this year, I do as best I can to don't close me to any subjects, especially concerning philosophy because this subject help me, it changes my way of thinking, my way of seeing what there is around me.
I'm an engineer as well... after my diploma, I went to the IAE (Institut d'Administration des Entreprises) of Paris to take additional classes regarding management (law, finances, computing, etc. 15 modules plus a specialization - you now have these classes in your cursus but it was not the case in the 60s). I needed to succeed in the 15+1 matters to get my degree; I succeeded in all of them but law. I spent my summer vacations studying law (and I succeeded in September). What I want to say is that I understood the special reasoning and behavior law studies needed... I got to love law and this summer works taught me new aspects in my life.

The red colored groups of words below have mistakes, would you please read them again and try to fix things - thank you.
I'm totally agree with you on this viewpoint, I love mathematics, and physics too.
But, this year, I do as best I can to don't close me to any subjects, especially concerning philosophy because this subject help me, it changes my way of thinking, my way of seeing what there is around me.
Of course, do this if you want to and have time... it's weekend and it's also important to rest and have fun.

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Re: Should Math Be Taught In Schools?

Message  AlexandreO le Dim 7 Avr - 21:54

I agree with you on this viewpoint, I love mathematics, and physics too.
But, this year, I do as best as I can not to close me to any subjects, especially concerning philosophy because this subject helps me, it changes my way of thinking, my way of seeing what there is around me.

I think I have corrected my mistakes.

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Re: Should Math Be Taught In Schools?

Message  gerardM le Dim 7 Avr - 22:18

Hi Alexandre,

Yes, the mistakes have been fixed :-)

A few remarks and explanations:
- "I agree with you"
The "totally" can be kept -> "I totally agree with you"
There's also an expression: "I'm totally agreed on..." which is surprising grammarwise ("expression" often means that it's an old pattern which is set; "nobody" can explain why it's that weird).
- "I do as best as I can"
Other possibilities: "I do the best I can" or "I'm doing my best".

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