The NY Times OpEd contributors wrote this interesting article last week on the importance of relevency in teaching mathematics.
“A math curriculum that focused on real-life problems would still expose students to the abstract tools of mathematics, especially the manipulation of unknown quantities. But there is a world of difference between teaching “pure” math, with no context, and teaching relevant problems that will lead students to appreciate how a mathematical formula models and clarifies real-world situations.”
The We Teach Science Algebra Remote Tutoring & Mentoring Program does just that by paiirng up mid career STEM professionals with middle school gets to show them one-on-one the relevance of Algebra in the real world. Starting this year, we are builing a library of relevant math problems for our mentors and students to explore in their sessions.