“Kids don’t need to learn math if they are not interested in it…”
Wow thats courageous to say..kids don’t need to learn math. Not sure I am in complete and utter agreement with that…unless we are talking about math programs that so many schools…even “progressive” ones… seem to feel kids need to have drilled into them-sometimes while pretending its fun fun fun. I don’t think kids need to have fun all the time..kids need to find relevance – importance..and I think it is important to have computational skills and abilities.
People are natural born learners. If a hole is needed to be dug..people learn how to do it and can become quite expert at achieving size,dimension and function. Of course, opportunities need to be provided for this to take place.
If a structure is needed, people learn how to build them, and in a rich and beautiful variety of ways, using materials at hand or at least close at hand. (We still don’t completely understand the pyramids).
If people need clothing… it is important to know how to measure things and people…so that they can collaborate into something that keeps us warm or covered..or fashionable.
I agree that kids should not HAVE to learn rote math or be subjected to adult created math programs that bore or frustrate because the only relevance offered is that you can play cool games… “..and they don’t even know they’re learning!”
Kids don’t like to be tricked.
People don’t need to be manipulated or programmed..but people learn math when it is relevant to them…
Yes..and in order to play certain games that are enjoyable and engaging..people need to grow mathematically fluent. But please tell them they are learning. In that way they will become more aware of how they learn.