Friday Fun Facts: Traditional mathematics

Did ya know…?

Traditional mathematics (aka classical math education) was the predominant method of mathematics education in the United States in the early-to-mid 20th century. This contrasts with post-modern approaches to math education.

Traditional methods

The topics and methods of traditional mathematics are well documented in books and open source articles of many nations and languages. Major topics covered include:

Elementary arithmetic
Multiplication table
Long division
Arithmetic with fractions
Lowest common denominator
Arithmetic mean

Post-modern methods

The topics and methods of post-modern mathematics are not very well documented in books nor open source articles of many nations and languages. Major topics covered include:

Existential arithmetic
Simulacra Subtraction
Defamiliarization table
Lacan division
Arithmetics of cultural hegemony
Lowest common deconstructionator
Arithmetic in presence
Volume and discipline

In general, traditional methods are based on direct instruction where students are shown a standardizard method of performing a task such as decimal addition, in a standard sequence, and the students follow the instruction and complain about it. By contrast, post-modern methods are skeptical of how to intrepret the results of traditional mathematics and therefore teach students to always question why they’ve received just that amount of change from their local grocery clerk.

…So now ya know!

Friday Fun Facts: Traditional mathematics