Mathematics is a tricky subject to talk about. It is said that you are either a math person or you aren’t. Yet math is something can be taught and understood, because we are by our very nature; mathematical beings and yes this is directed at the student who says ” I’m NEVER gonna use this in real life”. Yes. Yes you are, so SHUSH.
We count and add, and play games, we locate, and measure and other things that are all math related. Are you serious? We do use it every day. So that doesn’t explain why I was getting low 60’s throughout high school. I think what it comes down to is that we do value math a lot in our society, but we don’t have as many ways of teaching it as we’d like. Students that learn through different intelligence may not be able to grasp complicated ideas like imaginary numbers and the infinite amount of numbers that exist in pi. This is wherein the problem lay. If we are expected to learn a certain way; not everyone will learn.
2. The Inuit community challenges the eurocentric math system by imploring verbal counting, as stated in the text: “numbers, as other numbers are built from these two numbers. The Inuit
have a base-20 numeral system. Furthermore, words chosen to designate
numbers may have an impact on Inuit students’ conception of certain
Another way they challenge traditional math is with measurement, no numbers are used but they can make a perfectly fitting Parka with this method: ” length—for example, the palm when making atigi (parkas).
Measuring the base of your neck will help make a perfectly fitting parka.”
Another way that I really like is their calendar, which is a lot more practical in my opinion that our western calendar, simply because it serves a purpose rather than just turning over a page and choosing to celebrate a certain day.
The name of each month comes from animal activity or from nature:
• coldest of all months
• when baby seals are born but are dead
• when baby seals are born
• when bearded baby seals are born
• when baby caribou are born
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• when birds lay their eggs
• when the ice breaks
• when sea elephants rest on land
• when the caribou’s antlers lose their velvet
• when male caribou fight for a female
• when the caribou’s antlers fall
• when two stars appear in the sky