University of Denver mathematician, Stan Gudder, once said, “The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”
This seemingly simple statement may seem contrary to many of us who struggle at some points with our experiences in mathematics. The abstraction of thought, the seemingly endless number of steps, and hoping we remember which formula to use to solve the problem did not seem about making complicated things simple. Often our common mathematics experiences felt like a single minded journey to obtain an answer, we were finished with one problem we move onto our next answer quest.
Within this context, Burton School District is very excited to offer a series of days throughout the 2016-2017 school year that help us all to get better together. Through a partnership with Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Burton Schools will offer courses a couple times a year where we are able to understand mathematics at a deeper level, seeing the beauty that resides within mathematics, and come to appreciate what Dr. Gudder was speaking about.
The our course, titled “Understanding Math Together,” we journey together, offering a variety of learning experiences to help us all become better together. We will also have the opportunity for three Family Math Nights, hosted at Jim Maples Academy, for the whole family to have fun doing math together.
As we conclude this exciting news, we hope through the combination of both the Understanding Math Together and the Family Math Nights, we will be able to expose, as Dr. Gudder suggests, the essence, beauty, and eloquence of mathematics, together. We hope to see you there, so we can get better together.