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kirby urner

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Re: Article on Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe
Posted: Sep 28, 2014 1:24 PM
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Hey Carleton --

Thanks for wading in and joining our discussion, which is
characterized by a fair amount of snarkiness and ongoing
accusations of phoniness.

math-teach has been contentious for years given math
teaching, in the US in particular, has been characterized
by "math wars".

Years ago, we had some guy on a hunger strike over text
books in California. I don't think he was a direct
poster, but we heard about him a lot. At least all this
passion gives the lie to the stereotype that math teachers
comprise nothing but a school of "cold fish".

For my part, I used to teach high school calculus (and
geometry and algebra 2... and world history) in a
Catholic private school but that was way back in the
1980s. More recently, I've done sporadic more experiment-
al teaching for a local (Portland, Oregon) non-profit
named Saturday Academy. That's where I've put into
practice a lot of my "math through programming" ideas,
which are representative of an under-current in the
wider debates i.e. there are a fair number of people who
advocate for having programming languages be more
integral to the math learning experience.

My agenda is to remap what we think of as "high school"
to allow essentially two math tracks after Algebra, which
these days I'm referring to as the delta and lambda
calculus tracks respectively. The former is the
conventional pre-calc / calc that I went through as a
high school student and later taught. The latter is a
an umbrella for a more CS-friendly track that is
nevertheless for credit in the same way delta calc is
for credit (versus the older practice of making
anything computer-related only for "elective" credit).

Robert is tacitly on board with my agenda but wants to
stick with calling my lambda track "computer science".
I'm more into making STEM or STEAM the unifying heuristic
and not labeling CS separately from that, at least not
in K-12. Both delta and lambda calc are tracks through
STEM territory and should be leveraged as such i.e. lets
not ignore practical applications when it comes to our
"story problems".


Speaking of heuristics, I've got a website I call
"Heuristics for teachers" where I go into four topic
areas in a "Digital Mathematics", already a kind of
narrowing to discrete math topics:

Neolithic: study of mathematics historically focusing
on the evolution of STEM-savvy in the human species since
Stonehenge and before. Includes maritime arts such as
navigation and knots.

Supermarket: a way to introduce data tables, a little
SQL / no SQL, some object oriented programming. There's
an emphasis on "how things work" in an economic sense,
using a general systems approach wherein the Earth's
biosphere is mostly sun-powered. Links to physics.

Casino: statistics and probability, games of chance,
game theory more generally. Many schools would frown on
calling it this as "gambling" is considered sinful in
the heartland. I leave it to community standards then.

Martian: futuristic and biased towards spatial geometry
though also cellular automata and such. Sphere packing
and number sequences. More graphing and plotting and
links to delta calculus.

http://wikieducator.org/Digital_Math

You'll see that in Martian Math especially I'm interested
in bringing in more of the Buckminster Fuller stuff,
including his practice of using a tetrahedron as both
a model of 3rd powering and as a unit of volume (instead
of the conventional regular hexahedron or cube). Again,
there are under-currents in popular culture to consider.


Kirby


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