Thursday, October 25, 2012

Math problems of the week: Interactive Math Program vs. Singapore Math

I. The first four polygons problems in Interactive Mathematics Program 1 (intended for 10th graders):

II. The first polygons problem set in Singapore Math, Primary Mathematics 6B Workbook (intended for 6th graders):

III. Extra Credit

In A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Daniel Pink argues that analytical skills can be outsourced to Asia, and that Americans should be focusing on open-ended problem solving and creatitivy.

1. How does the Interactive Math Program problem set contribute to Pink's priorities?

2. Why do you think Pink has become so popular with American education experts?


Atul said...

The first sentence of extra credit is an incorrect representation of what Daniel Pink actually says in his book - which is that it is necessary but not sufficient to have left-brained analytical skills. In the age of "Asia, Abundance and Automation", the thesis of the book is that you need to supplement them with right-brained holistic skills.

BTW I have listened to his interview where he laments that his position is misunderstood because - in his own opinion - the subtitle of the book is catchy but misleading.

Katharine Beals said...

From Pink's article in Wired which was the genesis of his book:
"Until recently, the abilities that led to success in school, work, and business were characteristic of the left hemisphere. They were the sorts of linear, logical, analytical talents measured by SATs and deployed by CPAs. Today, those capabilities are still necessary. But they're no longer sufficient. In a world upended by outsourcing, deluged with data, and choked with choices, the abilities that matter most are now closer in spirit to the specialties of the right hemisphere - artistry, empathy, seeing the big picture, and pursuing the transcendent."
What's happening in America's schools is increasingly consistent with this thesis, and if Pink thinks that our schools are moving in the wrong direction, he needs to make this point clearly at the education conferences he addresses.

kcab said...

Well, shoot, I wish I had known that IMP was a suitable enrichment program back when my son was in the primary grades. I had no idea he was doing 10th grade math then!

I hope the whole book isn't like that. If so, no wonder so many college students decide not to major in engineering.