tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1952721361932686548.post7050433663873854558..comments2018-10-28T20:43:54.934+11:00Comments on Education = Society: Something I'm Struggling WithJames Gutteridgenoreply@blogger.comBlogger1125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1952721361932686548.post-48315960870898028662013-11-23T03:57:57.171+11:002013-11-23T03:57:57.171+11:00I feel that in many ways, we have moved in this di...I feel that in many ways, we have moved in this direction over time. <br /><br />In days gone by, primary school students were taught an algorithm for finding square roots in decimal form, analogous to long division. Students used to spend a large amount of time rote-learning trig identities like the Simpson and Werner formulae. <br /><br />While we devote more time to more useful mathematical topics nowdays, some of these mundane tasks (like finding the equation of a line passing through two points) serve to illustrate important concepts. In some sense, they are stepping stones to more useful mathematics. Fibonaccihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13208957830349610769noreply@blogger.com