Teaching Calculus to 5-Year Olds

By Will Smith

There's a great deal of controversy about the best way to teach kids math now. This article from The Atlantic provides an interesting alternative to our current way of thinking.

Right now, there's a controversy about the way we teach math in the United States. I haven't read enough on the topic yet to have an opinion, but it seems to be centered around the new ways used to teach basic math to children that are part of the Common Core initiative. To me, the crux of the arguments seems to do with whether we should teach kids concepts and reasoning instead of the more traditional rote memorization. On that front, this article from The Atlantic posits that very young children are more than capable of understanding the basics of complex mathematical concepts, like calculus and algebra, that we typically wouldn't teach until much later in their education.