tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8211371452778645597.post2820917090234638164..comments2018-01-16T19:29:30.336-08:00Comments on Genomics, Medicine, and Pseudoscience: Stop teaching calculus in high schoolSteven Salzberghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16549957293973146438noreply@blogger.comBlogger5125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8211371452778645597.post-48078510501714286382014-07-22T01:51:55.689-07:002014-07-22T01:51:55.689-07:00High school students should be taught probability,...High school students should be taught probability, not statistics, Probability is creative thinking. As a bonus, students will better understand how to work with fractions and percentages when taught probability.henk tijmshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09872576466337403272noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8211371452778645597.post-80015829594466219682014-07-18T13:04:16.129-07:002014-07-18T13:04:16.129-07:00I should emphasize that my opinion here refers to ...I should emphasize that my opinion here refers to the US curriculum. I don't know any details about the high school math curriculum in Italy - or most other countries. But in the U.S. it is more or less the same as it's been since the 1950's.Steven Salzberghttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16549957293973146438noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8211371452778645597.post-75372681728192561292014-07-17T22:09:46.366-07:002014-07-17T22:09:46.366-07:00ideally the computer does the math and statistics ...ideally the computer does the math and statistics for you.<br />So teach them what software to use and how to do it<br />and how to interpret it<br /><br />gsgsAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8211371452778645597.post-7119590929909375012014-07-17T18:49:59.672-07:002014-07-17T18:49:59.672-07:00No. High school math is about fundamentals. Comp...No. High school math is about fundamentals. Computer science is a good skill to have, but it's at once too specific and too broad. Teach logic in geometry class and you set a foundation for those students who wish to learn coding. Computer use generally should be integrated in all classes where appropriate. Algebra and trig can be taught concurrently in the same course. Statistics should be taught; it's a valuable skill for information consumers (everyone). Calculus is too important to postpone. My high school calculus class changed my entire perception of knowledge. It may sound dramatic, but calculus taught me to see things in continuum rather than rigid categories. Bendnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8211371452778645597.post-44468115341434336992014-07-17T13:47:13.614-07:002014-07-17T13:47:13.614-07:00The problem is not to stop the teaching of calculu...The problem is not to stop the teaching of calculus, but finding space to add others. In Italy, for example, we have a course dedicated to programming (one or two hours per week), while the time for statistics and probability is limitated by the time dedicated to the rest of the program. A good help is arrived from the mathematical competitions and the self-assessment tests that are often questions of applied mathematics.Gianluigi Filippellihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03480308847295234747noreply@blogger.com