The David McWilliams Podcast

2024:16 The Joy of Math with Colm O'Regan

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This week, we delve into the perennial question: Why do so few students depart school with a genuine love for mathematics? Is the way we teach math the crux of the issue? Joining us is Colm O'Regan, host of his own Mathematics podcast, to show us the story behind the numbers. Maths, essential across various studies including economics, embodies the evolution of human thought, guiding us from guesswork to certainty - yet is widely loathed by students. It begs the question, does our approach to teaching often lack the engaging storytelling found in other subjects like history and English? Could this be what's hindering students' connections with math? From the Ishango Bone to Pythagoras, the history of the subject is worth telling, so that's exactly what we're doing.

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