The new math

Tom Lehrer’s song, The New Math, shows that the Common Core didn’t invent the idea of teaching math for understanding.

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  1. Tom Lehrer is one of my all-time favorite masters of black humor.

    There’s a You Tube video with a live performance of more of his math songs, most of them little-known (and pretty geeky):

  2. Ann in L.A. says:

    What I find fascinating, is that I consider myself to have had a fairly traditional math education (though I do remember having to do base-8 in 7th grade,) but I learned how to do it the way he’s mocking…it makes me wonder how it was taught before!

  3. I haven’t seen any of these videos but I can’t see anything wrong with covering base notation in the schools. It’s pretty basic stuff and understanding how to convert from one base to another would even have, I believe, utilitarian value for computer workers.