Math + culture = "ethno-mathematics"

01/25/2010 | Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free registration)

Some middle-school students in Somis, Calif., are learning about Mayan culture and history as part of their math lessons -- an approach known as "ethno-mathematics" that connects math with culture to engage students. During a recent class, students used the Mayan number system to add and subtract, reinforcing their math skills. "It can help kids feel that they're part of the mathematics world," said Hank Kepner, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. "It's sort of a motivation for kids to make sense of mathematics."

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