Is Math Instruction Unnecessary?

John Bennett is a Math teacher and a homeschooling father of four, as well as an outspoken advocate of educational reform. He supports an unusual proposal: that we cease to require Math instruction in middle and high school. He explains why in the video below.

John is the creator of Pentagrid Puzzles, a new puzzle form he designed to challenge deductive logic and visual-spatial reasoning (you can purchase Volume I here). He has also created several other BrainGames, for which he provides instructions on his blog.

While I am certainly not going to go so far as to cut out math instruction from our homeschool curriculum, I do plan to incorporate Pentagrid Puzzles into The Boy’s math instruction. He struggles with visual-spatial issues, and this will be a great way for him to work on them. Not to mention, it shouldn’t be hard to convince him to work on Math when it involves fun games!

What do you think about John Bennett’s supposition that Math instruction is unnecessary?


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