Ted Alper wrote: >I also agree that math is about more than measurement. I hope I never >stated otherwise. But the remarkable utility of math in the >world is not limited to buying carpet or building bridges.
Mathematics does have utility far beyond any single or set of jobs, but excepting the math community itself, the prime utility of mathematics is measurements of one kind or another. Too few people in this country are able to measure or calculate measurements precisely. Their lives and our lives are very much affected by that inability.
The sad thing is we can't seem to educate even the bridge builders (ironworkers) and the carpet layers (or any trade) with the basic math
they really would use in their work if they knew it. Most crafts people come from the non-college bound student population which means they seldom get more than arithmetic.
What is worse: students who do not know how to think about mathematics properly or students who cannot use mathematics properly? Johnny