Why Maths Instruction is Unnecessary
John is a teacher of math and a homeschooling parent who offers a radical-sounding proposal: that we cease to require maths instruction in middle and high school. He came to this point of view over a number of years, as he attempted (and failed) to convince students that the maths they were learning was beautiful, useful, or an imperative component of their future prosperity. When he stopped trying to connect maths with students and simply tried to connect with the students themselves, he made a profound discovery - kids are suffering from "maths anxiety." If the goal of teaching maths is to teach us deductive and inductive reasoning, might games and puzzles be equally effective in developing kids' reasoning skills - and allow them to fulfill their life missions? "We want to reawaken analytical and critical thinking in schools that have been anaesthetized by the standard curriculum," says John.
John Bennett is a maths teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and a home-schooling father of four. An outspoken advocate of education reform, he has presented lectures and workshops throughout California. He uses logic puzzles and strategy games in the classroom (and at home) to supplement the traditional mathematics curriculum. John has written three volumes of Pentagrid Puzzles, a new puzzle form he created to challenge deductive logic and visual-spatial reasoning.