The Mathematics Of Mathematics Education Essay

837 Words Jan 14th, 2015 4 Pages
“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” Shakuntala Devi, popularly known as the ‘mental calculator’ was an Indian writer who understood the importance of mathematics in one’s life. Following her belief, I am confident in saying mathematics is one of the most essential subjects one learns during their academic career. However, I firmly believe that mathematics education needs to be effective. In order to be effective, instructors need to teach students information that is directly related to their lives in a manner that does not cause unnecessary stress on students and rather makes learning mathematics enjoyable for students. Effective mathematics education also utilizes resources that are readily available to the students, in my opinion. The first aspect of effective mathematics education is teaching pertinent information to the students. To further define pertinent information, I would first like to look back at my own experience in the education system, where my pre-calculus class stands out most in my mind. At least once a day, someone in my class, even me at times, would ask our instructor where we would use what we were learning in real life. Sometimes, he would be able to draw on examples in the book and formulate a reason that was sufficient. However, at other times, he was unable to relate the information we were learning to an aspect of the ‘real-world’ and would simply address the…

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