Micah 6:8 Mathematics – ACMS 2022 Conference Talk

Abstract:

This presentation will unpack how the discipline of mathematics, rightly understood in a Christian context, equips students to do justice, love kindness, and walk in humility with God (Micah 6:8). This presentation will expand on the experience of Regents School of Austin in shaping the philosophy of its mathematics program around several key works: Math for Human Flourishing, Citizen Math, Building Thinking Classrooms, and Beauty for Truth’s Sake. Several practical examples from the Regents curriculum will be shared to demonstrate how the ideal of integrating faith and Christian service into the math classroom becomes a reality that is meaningful for students.

Presentation:

Link to presentation slides

Regents Documents:

Regents Math Department Philosophy

Regents Math Catechism (blog post on catechism in the classroom) (videos of students reciting)

Resources:

Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Building Thinking Classrooms

Citizen Math

Beauty for Truth’s Sake

Something They Will Never Forget

Seeing God and His Beauty in Math

I recently came across a podcast episode of “Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture,” from BIOLA University, that at this point is about a year old. The topic is seeing God and His beauty in math and the podcast guest is Jason Wilson, associate professor of mathematics at BIOLA.

I met Jason at the first conference for the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS) that I attended in 2011. I have always found Jason to be extremely thoughtful in integrating his faith with his understanding of mathematics. I hope you enjoy this podcast.

https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2019/seeing-god-and-his-beauty-in-math

The Regents Podcast: Francis Su on Mathematics for Human Flourishing

The Regents Podcast is aimed to think about and equip how we practice that which is true, good, and beautiful in a 21st century context. The podcast gives Regents School of Austin a format to share with our community and beyond the amazing stories happening on our campus, and help equip parents shepherding their children’s hearts.

I had the pleasure to host a recent episode with Francis Su as my guest. Francis has written a book on Mathematics for Human Flourishing in which he examines the virtues cultivated through the study of mathematics.

You can find out more about the book on Francis’s homepage.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Podcast summary:

Dr. Francis Su, the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and author of the book “Mathematics for Human Flourishing”, joins Dr. Josh Wilkerson to discuss how the study of mathematics, at all levels, is an important human pursuit.

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