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Math is one of our important tools. The amount or level needed depends on one’s interests and the nature of the life roles one plays. But all Islanders must be able to count, measure, calculate, sort, group and estimate numbers, space, time, shape, distance, etc., and to do so quickly, easily, accurately, fluently and consistently.
My experience suggests starting with a survey of math that citizens use in everyday living. It’s an emphasis on application rather than pure math. It’s a focus on using the tool rather than how to develop it. I liken it to knowing how to drive a vehicle rather repair it.
Education 20/20 Inc. is proposing to undertake a survey of math used by Islanders in everyday living. It’s a well established, internationally recognized process and one used by Holland College in its early years. We plan to show two profiles: one for citizens and one for work entry. My experience with this approach suggests a document much friendlier to learners than analyses now in use. Copies of the map will be available to anyone who is interested and should be of particular interest to students, employers, certification bodies, program planners, parents, counsellors and as a career planning tool.
Readers who are interested in making a financial contribution to the initiative may do so through the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island.
Don Glendenning (A long-time student of education),