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The Math(s) Fix: An Education Blueprint for the AI Age

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Author: Conrad Wolfram

Brand: Wolfram Media

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 320

Release Date: 10-06-2020

Details: Product Description Why are we all taught maths for years of our lives? Does it really empower everyone? Or fail most and disenfranchise many? Is it crucial for the AI age or an obsolete rite of passage? The Math(s) Fix: An Education Blueprint for the AI Age is a groundbreaking book that exposes why maths education is in crisis worldwide and how the only fix is a fundamentally new mainstream subject. It argues that today's maths education is not working to elevate society with modern computation, data science and AI. Instead, students are subjugated to compete with what computers do best, and lose. This is the only book to explain why being bad at maths may be as much the subject s fault as the learners: how a stuck educational ecosystem has students, parents, teachers, schools, employers and policymakers running in the wrong direction to catch up with real-world requirements. But it goes further too for the first time setting out a completely alternative vision for a core computational school subject to fix the problem and seed more general reformation of education for the AI age. Contents Preface Part I: The Problem · Maths v. Maths · Why Should Everyone Learn Maths? · Maths and Computation in Today's World · The 4-Step Maths/Computational Thinking Process · Hand Calculating: Not the Essence of Maths Part II: The Fix · "Thinking" Outcomes · Defining the Core Computational Subject · New Subject, New Pedagogy? · What to Deliver? How to Build It? Part III: Achieving Change · Objections to Computer-Based Core Computational Learning · Roadmap for Change · The Beginning of the Story · Is Computation for Everything? · What's Surprised Me on This Journey So Far · Call to Action Appendices Index Review Advance Praise for The Math(s) Fix Conrad Wolfram is one of the most important mathematical thinkers of our time. This book is packed with incredible ideas that could fundamentally change the mathematics experience for students across the world. The vision Conrad puts forward will allow students to experience mathematics as a beautiful, exciting subject empowering them to use critical and computational thinking, solving the problems they will encounter in their 21st-century work and lives. Jo Boaler, author of bestseller Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching A devastating assault on this parody of modern education comes from the information technology radical, Conrad Wolfram. Called The Math(s) Fix, it portrays maths as a subject which, perhaps like others, is trapped in the pre-computer age. Wolfram portrays maths exams as like taking a driving test with a horse and cart. It needs to take over where the computer leaves off, in a world of calculated uncertainty, risk and, dare we say it, common sense. Simon Jenkins, Journalist and BBC Broadcaster, The Guardian I never enjoyed maths until Conrad taught me its beauty and how I could apply it to my passions. Traditionally taught in schools like a dead language, we spend years training to compete with machines. In an era of AI the machines will win unless we reimagine what maths can be, where present and future generations harness its power to solve our most important challenges. This book tells us how. Graham Brown-Martin, broadcaster and author of Learning {Re}imagined Conrad lays out a clear vision for how we can transform mathematics from a subject that terrifies many students, to one that inspires and is universally applicable. Rather than simply memorising procedures, we should allow students to harness the power of computers and develop completely new ways of thinking. Philipp Legner, founder of Seymour Papert often said that his goal was to create a more 'learnable and lovable mathematics.' He wanted to put children in a better position to do mathematics rather than just learn a collection of mathematical facts. In this book Conrad is continuing the endeavour. Co

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