TODAY, we launch the NSBE Jr. of Southern California Math Institute with Jason Bozé, founder of “I do ❤ Math.” There’s nothing more inspirational than watching ten 5th, 6th, 6th, and 8th graders wanting to learn math on a Sunday afternoon.
Our new Math Institute is exciting because it represents our collective commitment to helping our “babies” learn math. Throughout education, there are trends that come and go, and one current trend in public education is dual language immersion programs, where students are immersed in a second language in all aspects of their studies. According to the LA Times, dual language immersion programs have grown in the last few years from a few hundred to 1,000 or more nationwide.
On the flipside, we’ve learned from our math specialist, Christina Moore, that math is THE universal language. Mathematics is the only language shared by all humans regardless of age, gender, culture, or race. Pi is approximately 3.14159 no matter where you are in the world! Adding up the cost of a basket of groceries is the same whether your adding pesos, rubles, yen, or dollars.
Very few can become literate in all of the world’s languages, but at least our scholars can become literate in mathematics, i.e. numeracy. Fluency in THAT universal language can take them into worlds unknown!!!