Why we learn math lessons that date back 500 years

Have you ever wondered why we learn maths? This interesting article explores why we teach math the way we do: “Why these topics? Why in this order? Why in this way?” Houman Harouni, who teaches at Harvard University believes history may offer us the best answer to these questions.

Harouni has studied texts dating to ancient Babylonia, ancient Sumer and ancient Egypt and found three mains of teaching math, each associated with a different economic group.

Read the article and find out all about reckoning schools, first seen in Italy in the 1300s and how the teaching of math has developed according to the economic group you were in.

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