In this article he shows how the majority of the mathematics taught in schools is highly irrelevant to the majority of students. Because they cannot see any point to it in relation to their everyday lives.
He suggests that students need to study statistics so as they can interact with the mass of data (much of it falsely presented ) that will effect their everyday lives. I cannot agree more.
The mathematics is not at fault it us the boring curriculum! if you find something of interest then many of them will discover just how interesting indeed fascinating Mathematics can be.
Below is a great Ignite talk about music by Karen Cheng called “How to Solve a Song With Math”. It is a wonderful little talk with just a little bit of data presentation about two sound waves. I would be surprised if students did not enjoy this and learn a really useful lesson about mathematics and its application to solving problems as well. This is surely the sort of thing that Nils Ahbel is getting at in his article.
Mathematics is too important to our collective future to be so hated by so many….. we need to take heed of what so many people are saying and change the curriculum to make it fit for our lives and their futures.