Why are we all taught maths for years of our lives? Does it really empower everyone? Or fail most and disenfranchise many? Is it crucial for the AI age or an obsolete rite of passage?
The Math(s) Fix: An Education Blueprint for the AI Age
is a groundbreaking book that exposes why maths education is in crisis worldwide and how the only fix is a fundamentally new mainstream subject. It argues that today's maths education is not working to elevate society with modern computation, data science and AI. Instead, students are subjugated to compete with what computers do best, and lose.
This is the only book to explain why being bad at maths may be as much the subject's fault as the learner's: how a stuck educational ecosystem has students, parents, teachers, schools, employers and policymakers running in the wrong direction to catch up with real-world requirements. But it goes further too, for the first time setting out a completely alternative vision for a core computational school subject to fix the problem and seed more general reformation of education for the AI age.
Part I: The Problem
Maths v. Maths
Why Should Everyone Learn Maths?
Maths and Computation in Today's World
The 4-Step Maths/Computational Thinking Process
Hand Calculating: Not the Essence of Maths
Part II: The Fix
Defining the Core Computational Subject
New Subject, New Pedagogy?
What to Deliver? How to Build It?
Part III: Achieving Change
Objections to Computer-Based Core Computational Learning
Roadmap for Change
The Beginning of the Story
Is Computation for Everything?
What's Surprised Me on This Journey So Far
Call to Action