Episode 52 | Why do we teach Math, with Sunil Singh

Sunil Singh, the Mathematical Jester himself, joins us again via Skype this week. Yes he has a book that is just out (that everyone should read) and has been busy recording webinars and traveling about as a Lead Ambassador to the Global Math Project; but he stops to talk about some deep ideas with Chris. The conversation is a good lead in to the Global Mathematics Project’s Global Math Week coming up in October 2017. Referenced in today’s chat is an article by the former President of the Mathematical Association of America, Francis Su Ph.D. in which he describes “The Mathematics of Human Flourishing” (follow the link to the article itself). This idea that mathematics can, and should be taught as a subject to help children become more fully human pervades the discussion.

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