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Dr. Bennett developed one of the nation’s first courses in Quantitative Reasoning at the University of Colorado. As a result, he has spoken to faculty from dozens of colleges and universities about his course and the needs of students in general education mathematics courses. Below is a title and short abstract for his seminar.
Title/abstract: Mathematics for Life: Are You Teaching Students What They Really Need?
How can we solve the national debt crisis? Is it a good idea to take on a student loan? Is it safe to talk on a cell phone while driving? Are there viable energy alternatives to fossil fuels? What could you do with a billion dollars? Could simple policy changes reduce political polarization?
These questions may seem very different, but they all share two things in common. First, they all concern important topics that can be understood only with clear quantitative or mathematical thinking. Second, they are all topics that, at least traditionally, have been noticeably absent from the standard mathematics curriculum. This presentation will offer a series of examples of this disconnect, along with suggestions on how to rectify it and improve mathematics education. Note: This presentation is based on my book Math For Life (www.math-for-life.com). Click to see a video of the presentation at Lehman College, or my keynote from a recent conference in North Carolina.
Fees/Scheduling: Please contact Dr. Bennett if you are interested in this seminar. Notes: (1) Normally I require travel expenses and any standard departmental honorarium; however, in some cases I can pay my own way if the visit is linked to a potential adoption of one of my textbooks. (2) I appreciate efforts to maximize use of my time during my trips, such as by coordinating with a science department for my science seminar or setting up an evening public talk during my visit. (3) In some cases I may also be able to make a morning visit to a local elementary school to offer a presentation on one of my children’s books.