This continues from the last article on this blog.
There is a support group for long term unemployed in California for people with math skills and experience. It is called Experience Unlimited for Job Seekers.
Who should become a member?
Any unemployed or underemployed person in a professional, managerial, or technical field, including:
- Education and Training
- Finance and Accounting
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Sales and Marketing
- Social Service
- Science and Engineering
- Software Development
- And more
The previous article discussed how learning the Peano Axioms can help these people have a mental refocus into elementary math. The Lance Rips and Jennifer Asmuth articles on experimental pscyh focus on the Peano Axioms and mathematical induction. This is a way to get a math ed focus and to think about how explanations of math from math foundations interact with blocks children have to learning concepts in elementary math.
Elementary math is made easier to understand by math foundations. Peano Axioms focus on the main core of K-8 which is counting through intro algebra. That is what Peano Axioms are about. This is why math foundations to be relevant to math teaching K-8 has to be based on a strong familiarity with the Peano Axioms including proofs of the laws of arithmetic and algebra.
This also gives a way into math ed history from Euclid to the present. Euclid had to wrestle with the same problems as Grassmann, Dedekind and Peano did in the 19th century in finding the correct meaning of elementary math. GDP finally found that meaning and math ed can be reoriented to teaching the GDP understanding to children or adult learners.
They have info on the California labor market.
California July stats
Top Statistics – July
- Unemployment Rate: 10.7% | +0.0
- Labor Force: 18,405,600 | -52,500
- Employment: 16,443,900 | -40,000
- Unemployment: 1,961,700 | -12,400
- Non Farm Jobs: 14,358,600 | +25,200
- Mass Layoffs: 21,262 | -27,828
California is not part of the recovery. Silicon Valley could also leverage off using the Peano Axioms to teach elementary math, algebra, and programming. All of these use recursion which is taught in the Peano Axioms. The Recursion Theorem was invented by Dedekind in 1888 as part of his formalizing Grassmann’s 1861 book. Grassmann was an elementary and high school teacher whose book with the first definition of addition using recursion was published by his brother. So self publishing and family publishing is not new in math ed.
The book Pre-Algebra New Axioms Done Right Peano Axioms is now on summer sale at 2.99 for the e-book. E-readers are not needed you can get a free down load ap for computers to read e books from each major vendor for their books.
Comments from those at Experience Unlimited for Job Seekers or similar orgs in California or other states are particularly welcome as are comments from others.