A Reflection

The following is from an assignment I just turned in.  It concerns using “real world problems” in math education.  I thought I would post it here for later reference.

 

I can’t help but take pause at such precedence of “real world scenarios.”  I think an important part of motivating Mathematics is fostering a deep appreciation for its applications as well as its tradition.  “Real world” projects can easily become a hasty answer to the deep question of why everyone should study Mathematics.  Doing a problem that underscores the real world geometry use in construction, for instance, gives only a shallow understanding of mathematical applications and no appreciation for the tradition of mathematical discovery.

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