I really like the TV show numbers starring ex-Northern Exposure star Rob Morrow.
The math used in each episode of NUMB3RS is based on real FBI cases. Mathematics consultant’s work with NUMB3RS throughout production to ensure that the math used to help analyze and solve crimes is real and accurate as depicted by FBI agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) who recruits his mathematical genius brother Charlie (David Krumholtz) to help the Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes.
For years kids have complained that they don’t like math or do well in it because they see no real application. I’ve written previous posts about the amount of remedial math that is required when one enters college and it’s getting worse not better. Wayne State in Michigan reports an increase of 85% in the last four years.
C’mon Math teachers lets bring some real life application to Math classes. I believe the show NUMB3RS should be required watching in high school. Something has to change and it must be done now before we lose another generation to sub-standard math scores. The world is more technical and we need more math and science majors in all fields of business. However, they must not be Finance math folks, we have enough of them running around killing innovation and creativity.
Math should be taught to be fun and not grueling repetitive tables and memorizing theorems and rules. State testing is the big cause to this problem and has been for years. When you put bogus measures and guidelines in place with no plan on how to reach them you get failure. Keep moving the targets and goals without understanding where the process breakdowns are and you get traditional boring non-essential math classes.