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Teaching Kids Real Math with Computers

According to Conrad Wolfram, mathematics as it is taught in classrooms rarely echoes how it is used in the real word. Wolfram (the driving force behind the Wolfram-Alpha “knowledge engine”) suggests that we consider changing the math teaching model, to teach students to conceptualize problems and use computerized tools to apply solutions, as opposed to spending inordinate amounts of time teaching how to perform calculations “by hand”. He methodically addresses many misperceived ideas behind today’s approach to math education.