Monday, October 19, 2009

Why Learn Math?

The question students ask generation after generation is "Why do we need to learn this math?" They ask it because they really don't see the need to learn a given topic, to bust the teacher's chops, and because they truly want an answer. I doubt the question will ever go away, but having an answer is a good thing. First, I found a great article by a colleague called Why Learn Algebra? This article inspired me to create a WebQuest called Percent in Daily Life. I designed it so that students can find the answer to their own question --with regard to percentages. And so the beat goes on...