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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Is Coming View Post
    Can you give me an example of everyday calculus?
    As an engineer, I use it regularly.

    The applications which rely on calculus are all around us, and it blows my mind how amazing a tool it is for analysing, understanding and explaining the world in general - not just pure physics. Anything that you can graph, you can apply calculus to - eg. cost functions, disease transmission, demographic changes.
    Last edited by Gentoo; 07-05-2017 at 17:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Is Coming View Post
    I don't smoke, but I still use matches.
    Using that analogy I would say you are a social smoker at the pub on weekends but lecture smokers during the week

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    Genuine question. I have a SN child with significant learning delays. Would you still unschool if you had a SN child?
    I do home educate my SN son. I had to Google SN, but yes, my son has autism.

    I call what we do unschooling, although my partner doesn't use that term, and enjoys doing book work with the kids. We only do it when they want to so I like to think it still qualifies.

    Probably half of the families we catch up with often have a SN child. The most recent to start homeschooling is a child I taught at a special school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Is Coming View Post
    My 7 year old can already do basic algebra, addition, subtraction, telling time, and measuring. I will teach him as required, but it is nice to watch him learn so much with minimal instruction.

    Can you give me an example of everyday calculus?
    Yep. But what happens when your 7 year old wants to be an engineer and needs 3 unit maths?

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    Default calculus

    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    As an engineer, I use it regularly.
    So it's more of an occupation requirement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    At my children's local public school there are 42 different nationalities/languages. You can not match that kind of diversity anywhere else no matter how hard you try.

    That's awesome. We don't get that here unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Yep. But what happens when your 7 year old wants to be an engineer and needs 3 unit maths?
    If he wants to be an engineer we will look into what that involves. My friend is an engineer so work experience will be in order.
    If still keen we will discuss the pathway to engineering awesomeness.
    We will formulate a plan.
    Etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    As an engineer, I use it regularly.

    The applications which rely on calculus are all around us, and it blows my mind how amazing a tool it is for analysing, understanding and explaining the world in general - not just pure physics. Anything that you can graph, you can apply calculus to - eg. cost functions, disease transmission, demographic changes.
    Cheers, I thought it might have been to do with graphs. I forget, despite doing OK in maths at school. Guess I don't use it enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    At my children's local public school there are 42 different nationalities/languages. You can not match that kind of diversity anywhere else no matter how hard you try.
    That wouldn't happen at our local public school anyway. And it doesn't happen at most regional Australian schools (or workplaces for that matter), I'd imagine.

    It's something to be mindful of, for sure. I try to make up for it by having a diverse group of friends and attending groups and social outings that have a good mix of people attending, and of course modelling acceptance of other cultures in daily life. We learn a second language (Spanish) and participate in cultural events and acknowledge celebratory days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Is Coming View Post
    So it's more of an occupation requirement?
    It's fair to say that if you don't expose your child to higher level maths in secondary school, the chances of them becoming an engineer are slim to none (no matter how intelligent or motivated they are).

    That's part of why I feel uneasy about the concept of home schooling as many people have articulated it (and completely bewildered by unschooling). Even with undergrad and postgrad engineering quals, I wouldn't know how to teach senior maths to my kids. And I wouldn't want to limit their career options by not giving them the opportunity to study it.

    While there are alternative pathways into uni for some courses, they are few and far between for many STEM degrees (and for good reason).

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