In this course, veteran math educators and classical school academic leaders Andrew Elizalde and Bill Carey describe the way mathematics should be recovered and renewed as a liberal art and therefore as a humanities subject. Andrew not only traces the history of mathematics education, but also notes how it slowly deteriorated in America. Most importantly, Andrew shows how mathematics can be taught effectively using traditional, classical pedagogies that should engross and delight most students. Andrew advocates teaching math as something beyond a mere utilitarian skill, but rather as a way of understanding the world.
Questions addressed in this course include:
- Why should mathematics be regarded as a humanities art?
- What were the distinctive principles and practices of a classical mathematics curriculum?
- What went wrong in American mathematics education?
- What are the practical ways that one teaches math classically?
- What are the advantages and challenges of using the Singapore method of teaching math?
Andrew Elizalde earned his BA at Depauw University in Indiana, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, earned a math major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf Award as the most outstanding 2001 graduate of the school’s mathematics program. He later obtained a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach with a professional-clear qualification for his coursework regarding exceptional children and technology integration. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools in subjects ranging from 5th grade mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. His past work in classical education has most notably included reforming mathematics programs and building professional learning communities through meaningful professional development. Andrew is glad to now be serving Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas, as the dean of academics. Additionally, Andrew also offers consulting services to classical Christian schools and has been a keynote speaker at both the ICS Math and Science Lyceum and SCL annual conferences. Andrew and his wife, Brooke, have three daughters and attend Fort Worth Presbyterian Church.
Bill Carey has been involved in the life of Ad Fontes Academy in Centreville, Virginia, since he was in high school. He assisted his father at the weekly Latin Club and took Ad Fontes students to many certamina and conventions. At the University of Virginia he studied the classics, focusing on Latin. Fresh from college, he joined the Ad Fontes faculty, where he taught Latin, calculus, formal logic, physics, and (for a few months) senior thesis. After five years of teaching, Bill took a sabbatical writing computer programs for a defense contractor to better understand how adults think about and use mathematics. Always drawn to the classroom, he went on to teach a year of physics and classics courses at George Mason and now runs the Techne Society. After seven years he gladly rejoined the full-time faculty at Ad Fontes to teach math and science. Bill is married to Maren Carey, also a teacher, and they both worship at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfax and Clifton.
To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete each presentation lesson or discussion in the course (by marking it complete or by taking the quiz) and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload one or more essays demonstrating your understanding of the course. (Please note that essays are simply evaluated by word count.) When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will become available within “My Courses” (accessible under “Courses” in the main menu when you are signed in as an active subscriber).
We recommend previewing the essay question within the end of course test before starting the course. This will help in guiding your note taking as you progress through the course. Please allow approximately 2 weeks for essay submissions to be reviewed.