Math education has been in the media spotlight lately, including features about Khan Academy, Singapore Math, Jump Math, and Everyday Math. Inevitably, the comments sections to these articles turn into flame wars between “traditionalists” and “progressives” about the best way to teach math.
But, judging from all the comments, the general public could care less about drilling versus discovery. The real problem with math education is:
“Damn kids these days can’t even make change without a calculator.”
You see, if we could just teach kids how to make change, all our math problems will go away and we’d all live happily ever after. So why don’t kids know how to make change? Because nobody made a video. Not even Sal Khan. No wonder math education is going to hell in a handbasket.
So here’s my contribution:
(FYI: I’ve redone this video at least 10 times and I’m still not happy with it. So please don’t criticize it. I know it’s crappy. 😕 ) Update: Check out this video “Count Money and Make Change” from TenMarks. Much better!
I’ve even made How To Make Change QR Code Cards. Keep some in your purse or wallet to hand out to cashiers and clerks that fumble when making change. Then pat yourself on the back for helping to fix what’s wrong with math education.