Abstract / Synopsis
Did you love math as a kid? Or was it ruined for you? Sadly, many people have had math ruined for them for various reasons. Some might say that it was because of not understanding what was going on, being bored in class, parental or societal pressure to achieve in math, not seeing a point in learning math, wrong amount of homework, grades, curriculum, physical concerns, mean teachers, or any number of things. This article delves into the many common reasons why math is ruined for so many kids, and offers solutions so that math can be enjoyable for everyone. Some of the solutions include societal shifts, some are things that math teachers can do in the classroom, some are ways parents can shift their attitudes towards math, therefore creating a healthier home culture surrounding math, and, lastly, some are ways that students can change the way they participate in math class to get the most out of it.
Rachel M. Steinig, "Stop Ruining Math! Reasons and Remedies for the Maladies of Mathematics Education," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 6 Issue 2 (July 2016), pages 128-147. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201602.10. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol6/iss2/10
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