It seems we live in interesting times. If you fear for your sanity in the midst of madness and arguments, stop for a while and immerse yourself in the music of reason, mathematics.
I always liked maths, even though I never found it easy. When I was teaching, I had to think about it in a much deeper, thorough way, to really understand in order to give that spark to children. What a joy when their faces lit up with comprehension!
Unfortunately, many of us (too many!) have this sort of reaction to the idea of doing maths for fun.
Don’t, because anyone can do it, with this excellent book written by a fellow Tasmanian teacher. It’s the perfect escapism. No current affairs whatsoever, but still great exercise for your brain. Just think, here are problems you can actually solve! Plus, the knowledge you gain will help you see through the bullshit that’s everywhere (think statistics…). There is a lot more to this subject than you might have thought and there’s plenty of variety here. Practice problems, explore the history and current importance of maths, look at beautiful images and understand their significance, even -yes! – romance.
This is the book and it’s free on Kindle for the next two days (until the 5th February 2017). So be quick or else order the hard copy and impress your friends…