What do you want? When it comes to math, what are your dreams for your kids? We started the parent meeting from these questions.
Affirming your values helps with well-being, thinking, and connecting with others. What do people want for the kids? Connections of math to all aspects of life; pursuing your own meaningful paths in math; support with struggles and help with flying high; seeing the wonder and beauty of math…
And every parent named numerous problems with her own math experiences, and wished her kids a different fate.
When we worked on questions that can help with dreams, it quickly became clear that what we want is still in the realm of sci-fi. This world is still far, far away from giving us ready answers for our questions, such as:
The above list is what people care about. Curriculum developers, take note! No math curricula even attempt to tackle such questions.
That’s why we have to take matters into our own hands. If we know what we want for our kids, it’s up to us to take steps toward it! A thoughtful discussion is a good beginning.
P.S. More good parent questions are at “Ask Moby Snoodles” – give it a try!