Five-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus
Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math. Far too much of school maths is just mindless computation. It ends up putting people off ‘studying maths’ when in reality they’re just bored of calculating (which, to be honest, is boring for everyone). Of course there does need to be a basic threshold of arithmetic ability, but this doesn’t need to become a weekly chore.
There needs to be a larger emphasis on appreciating the thinking and logic that goes into mathematical concepts. Fewer people dreading an hour of sleepy arithmetic and more people looking forward to working out something brand new!
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I did something similar. Mind you, I didn't fully understand calculus until I was taught it by some physicists when I was about 15 (the notion of limit of a sum vs antidifferentiation and how the fundamental theorem applies).
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