Sometimes, Estimating is Better Than Getting the Exact Answer

People ask me why I keep writing posts about math. Mainly, it’s because I care about critical thinking, and I want students to learn how to think logically. That’s a skill most of us didn’t learn how to do at a young age. And that’s why, when it comes to math, so many people flip out when they see a problem done “the wrong way.” They just assume they know better. Any deviation from traditional methods is heresy.

It’s frustrating for me because I¬†know what the teachers are trying to do, but it’s not always obvious to the parents whose first reaction is to complain on Facebook.

Take this problem that has been shared more than 20,000 times on Facebook since last week:

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Canadian Judge Rules That Jehovah’s Witness Couple Can’t Push Their Faith on Grandchild

You hate to see any legal battle where a child is caught in the middle, especially when religion is the focal point, but at least a judge in British Columbia handled that kind of issue the right way.

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Pastor Says True Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Halloween

Quick: What’s the point of Halloween?

If you said you putting on fun costumes or getting candy, then join the club.

If you said “celebrating evil,” then you must be Jamie Morgan, a Christian pastor who says people of faith should condemn the holiday:

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The Speech About Religion and Politics That No Candidate Has the Courage to Deliver

Channeling Will McAvoy from The Newsroom, my colleague Bob Seidensticker wrote the speech he wishes U.S. Presidential candidates would give if they had the courage to be honest:

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Former NFL Stars Say Their Coach Used to Spread Christianity in the Locker Room

The Washington Redskins currently have a 2-4 record, nothing to be proud of, especially after an abysmal 4-10 season last year. Who’s responsible for that futility? You may want to blame Head Coach Jay Gruden who was at the helm both last season and this one (so far).

ESPN 980 radio hosts Steve Czaban and (former player) Chris Cooley recently invited another Redskin, Clinton Portis, to share his opinion of Gruden and the team in general. And since Portis and Cooley are no longer in the NFL, they were far more honest with their assessments than you’d expect.

The most interesting aspect of the conversation was not that both players defended Gruden, but that they spilled the beans on what life in the NFL was like under a previous coach, one who was more interested in spreading Christianity than putting together a successful football team.

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