Should math be the only undergrad major, and then you can pick something else for your graduate degree?
If gamers had to take 3 years of math before specializing in CS, they wouldn't be there to drag everyone else down.
If sociologists had to take 3 years of math before specializing in sociology, they wouldn't struggle so much with basic stats, and they would probably find the proper treatments of game theory very enlightening. Meanwhile, dumb SJWs would be weed out by this.
If history majors had to take 3 years of math before specializing in history, they could still use the math knowledge to get a job when they realize history was a mistake.
Anyone would benefit from the rigorous, logical thinking math teaches you.
well they could just start teaching math properly and efficiently before university
like if I had started "basic mathematics" by serge Lange or "mathematics for nonmathematicians" or whatever other simple math book that starts with nothing and finishes with precalc when I was in middle school id have finished goddam high school with calc3 and diffyQs
>Anyone would benefit from the rigorous, logical thinking
Why bother with Math then?
Surely you can go directly to Philosophy/Logic/Argumentation/Critical Thinking which actually apply 'logical thinking' to things those sociologists and historians would use.
Nah m8, no need to go that far. For example history majors really have no need for it.
However a mathematics minor should be the prerequisite for certain subjects like economics and CS. A major would be preferred for physics/chemistry/biology. A greater emphasis on statistics for the softer sciences, and a greater emphasis on pure mathematics for the harder ones.
>a greater emphasis on pure mathematics for the harder ones
An excellent way to waste everyone's time. Applied mathematics would be understandable, but even then any physics program worth its salt already provides sufficient mathematics courses.
I had to take algebra for 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grades, and that was after taking prealgebra in 6th grade
Calculus wasn't even a requirement, it was a goddamn elective. Meanwhile, you needed four years of LA to even graduate.
In Germany you have to do calc 1 (or maybe 0.5? I don't know what murricans do in calc 1): differentiating and integrating and stuff is done in Germany.
But we have really poor algebra. Just like basic vector geometry with I don't know, straight lines and areas and stuff.
Then in university I was really shocked. Everything I learned was just basic down syndrome stuff. School was just a waste of time in regards of math. It could had be done way better and way deeper.
Doing the first proof in uni is just poor man.
Using complex numbers in a good way in uni is equally poor.
Also, linear algebra and multidimensional calc should be thought in school because it has such a great way of teaching students how to "read" "understand" and "write"mathematics.
You are bullshitting right. I'm not that guy but I did both differentiating (grade 11) and integrating (grade 12).
I am barely going to enter uni this month.
What the fuck is going on? Is the US behind the rest of the world or something?
Are you sure? Calc I includes integration in every American uni I've seen, it's just that in Calc II they go a lot more in-depth into it.
Calc 1: Differentiation, Integration
Calc 2: More integration, Infinite Series
(plus some other crap)
Keep in mind that you can take calc 1/2 during highschool and get credit so you don't have to take it in uni. It's called AP Calc. It's what a lot of STEM majors do, so they would have their first calc course in uni be multivariable vector calculus.
I actually completely agree with you. The skills maths teaches are invaluable, and if everyone took 3 years of maths people would be much smarter there would be no politicians for example. Or global warming, or racism, or any other problem in the world.
However, since maths education even failed in high school (see New maths in USA), I doubt they would ever get this done. Instead I choose to isolate myself from society and only interact with other maths people. For me, it's the same result.
You should really do the math before finishing high school
If everyone was a math major, math jobs would be in such high demand that math wouldn't pay anymore. Then history majors would be the ones actually making money because nobody would be a historian
Doing calc 3 and differential equations in high school only leads to you being trained like a chimpanzee where you learn how to grind out problems. It doesn't teach you how to think.
Reading Lockharts Lament is probably the best starting point in fixing up this whole entire problem.