Why wait to see how math shows up later in life
I spoke with a young lady in the parking lot of the library recently who could barely make it to her car because she had so many movies, books, and audio books in her arms.
When I asked her how she felt about "math"... she said, "I do math because I know it is something I will need later in life."
Her dad was surprised! His expression was actually more of shock and embarrassment.
I was definitely shocked and dismayed at the fact that in this suburban district, in this century, a statement like this would come from the lips of young person as articulate as this young lady.
She was obviously very focused. She was committed to preparing for her Battle of the Books team meeting the upcoming week. She was a leader.
I searched for appropriate words during this teachable moment. I took a deep breath and asked her, "Do you want to wait until 'later in life' to figure out when math is needed in your life" or "would you rather pay attention and recognize the math in your life now"?
Her response, "I'm not sure".
- How can we change this response?
- How can we help youth like this young lady... be sure?
- How can we help youth understand their options and the importance of learning math today?
- Is it important to have this conversation about the importance of math?
I have a few ideas. Please share yours.
LaToniya A. Jones, Founder/Executive Director of P.O.W.E.R. Organization
A mom. An educator. A believer that all children are full of untapped potential.