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The "cry" I hear from some students is, "I'll never use this [math] after I graduate!!"
So let's connect the dots---Math to Life.
Math Tip #17
Math and Life
Math has everything to do with logic. If
a child can't be logical, then life is going to be a tough road for
him/her. One of the best ways to approach logic is through math. It
gives the child "mental" gymnastics to perform. Once a child can do
mental exercises, then the key is to bring this ability into the world
thus placing our children into a better survival potential.
So how do
we handle the "protest" "I won't use this after school!" Of
course, the famous response from teachers/parents is, "Well, when you
go into the store to buy something, you better have an idea how much it
is. Plus, do you have enough $ and are you getting back the correct
When I home schooled my
kids plus several other children, each week we would go on a field
trip. One particular field trip was to the court system in Los Angeles.
There are several courts to visit so we picked the Small Claims Court.
This court is where individuals sue another person for less than $6,000.
(Note: California raised the limit to $10,000 in 2012)
the morning listening to different complaints. One particular complaint
was a college student suing a college. In the court room was
the judge, the student and a representative from the college. The
student told the judge that he had taken some classes and the college
kept sending him bills. The student owed $3,500 to the college. But
the student was suing the college for $3,500. The judge cringed.
The judge, very matter of fact, told the student, "When you take a course, you
pay for the service. You don't sue the college." The judge threw the
case out and told the student to pay the fee! Obviously, this college
student had a major flaw in thinking logically.
took notes of each case the judge heard. After a morning of listening to
different cases, we discussed each case to see if the judge's decisions
were logical. All the students agreed the judge was logical in his
In my next math tip I'll list out different areas
to take students on field trips so they can see how math connects to life.
Let's give our children the power of logic so they can survive well in the future.
Who is RJ Toftness? Author of "Unlock the Mystery to Math" & just released new book "Fractions: Part 1" www.math-unlock.com also tutors and gives math workshops in Southern California.
Book signing will be happening at Larchmont Village (LA) April 21at 1pm. (Chavelier's Book Store)
Copyright 2012 RJ Toftness
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