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Go For Your Dreams, Make Friends With Math

While  riding my bike this morning I thought about the at risk kids near our neighborhood who would benefit from making friends with math, sticking with it, rather letting fear get in the way. Math has a way of stopping people from reaching their highest dreams. What if you could dream big and go for whatever you want to do? When a story is brought to mind and then encouraged a second time in an unrelated fashion I know it’s something that is aching to be written, so I’m trusting that the right person(s) will benefit by reading this. I may have been a math teacher (now retired and tutoring), but in school I was not that student in the classroom raising an eager hand, answering those confusing questions the teacher asked. I was the one thinking “How can they possibly know what’s going on? The teacher made absolutely no sense.” And then the teacher carried on as if everyone else understood because that one student had mastered a barely presented concept. Memory got me through math class along with a ton of hard work. It helped that I ignored… Read More »Go For Your Dreams, Make Friends With Math

Political Math

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I saw some data on the news and noticed that there was missing information. My spidey senses were tingling and this gave me the idea to talk about how graphs can be used creatively to make just about any point you’d like to make. The numbers can be valid, but intentionally flawed uses inspire different types of reactions. I am NOT making a political statement here or talking about my beliefs on the topic of the data. I just want to show how data can be manipulated to inspire all kinds of emotions and conclusions. The math may be accurate, but people using it trick you by leaving out information or presenting it in a misleading way. For instance, when they talk about COVID deaths have you noticed there are two different kinds of percentages? Some are really small and others are way larger. They get these percentages from either using the number of death in terms of the number of people who had COVID or the number of deaths compared to the entire population—sick or not sick. And whichever statistic is used is can make people feel safer or… Read More »Political Math