Best children education books according to redditors

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u/BRBaraka · 1622 pointsr/AskHistorians

Consider the massacre at Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890. There is no argument that men, women, and children were slaughtered that day cruelly.

At the time, there were medals of honor given to many of the men who fought there:

As time went on, a popular poet, Stephen Vincent Benets, mentioned Wounded Knee in his popular poem "American Names" in 1927:

The phrase from this poem was used by Dee Brown in the title of his excellent, ground breaking, and culture shifting work, "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" in 1970:

What is notable in regards to your question above, is that this work is extremely critical of the American Government's behavior towards Native Americans, yet remains almost required reading in many American High Schools.

However, it remains that those medals of honor still stand. But there are recent rumblings to have those medals rescinded:

So it is a shifting, evolving truth.

Western nations tend to have greater commitments to free speech, official censorship channels do not have the same power here as in other countries like Russia and Turkey. Therefore, there isn't a "Western historians do not accept" type situation as you suggest because a truly critical eye can dominate in the academia of the West over official pronouncements on sensitive topics. While elsewhere, official pronouncements cannot be criticized without fear of punishment or censure.

This doesn't mean the West has fully addressed past national crimes, it just means critical speech and dissent is more tolerated than in other nations on sensitive topics, generally speaking.

Edited for grammar

u/Sprunt2 · 115 pointsr/mildlyinfuriating

God damn I want this book but it isn't out yet at least on Amazon

P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

u/ViciousCycle · 70 pointsr/worldnews

I blame the average Joe's inability to do some simple math when considering the world he lives in. If you're not getting regular raises, you're effectively getting regular pay cuts because of inflation. If the general public wasn't so innumerate we'd have riots.

u/Zulban · 23 pointsr/hypotheticalsituation

Excellent hypothetical! I'm going to go with statistics. How this would change the world is best explained in the book Innumeracy which I highly recommend. But in bullet points:

  • It would hugely impact people's ability to think critically. Tons of cognitive biases are kept at bay with an understanding of statistics.
  • Poor people are the biggest gamblers. It is a tax on the poor. I think this would put a stop to that.
  • You could no longer easily trick people with catchy headlines in the news. People would get upset and demand better evidence. It would totally transform the news.
  • Stupid and populist legislation like banning pit bulls wouldn't get to happen, because they wouldn't be populist. People would understand that pit bull owners are more likely to be abusive - that's why pit bulls are more violent. Banning them just makes the owners abuse some other animal. So says director of SPCA.
  • Stupid biased polls would die. Bad research designs would die. People would no longer give any respect to those education studies made up of just 43 students.
  • I think it would secure the world economy against future crashes.
  • A mere universal understanding of correlation != causation would totally change the future of politics, policy, superstition, religions, education, and science. A degree in statistics goes much beyond that.
  • People would demand open data from their governments. People are interested in what they have experiences with, so exploring open data would be fun to a lot more people.
  • A huge hurdle to obtaining technology and programming skills is math. Without that hurdle I think tons of people would self educate to become decent programmers. We'd see a worldwide revolution in automation and open data.

    Same answer for doctorate, I think. I guess I'd go with machine learning or data science on the focus to amplify the automation, machine learning, and open data movements.
u/burrowowl · 22 pointsr/HistoryPorn

> Portraying a hostage taking mission as self defense

Let's see... What did the post say again?

> knowing that they were probably not going to use them for self defense.

Not. You see the not there? It means that the post is stating THE EXACT FUCKING OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU SAID IT IS.

Here. Go buy this:

u/atomicrabbit_ · 13 pointsr/funny

This reminds me of the children’s book P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst alphabet Book Ever

u/luisfmh · 12 pointsr/math

I personally feel the reason is that so many elementary school teacher's have a hard time understanding math, or aren't really math oriented, that they teach it without showing off the "beauty" of it. They teach it as a process or a set of rules or a bunch of steps. Also kids are REALLY perceptive, so if a teacher struggles with answering some curious kid's question, the kid will think "damn if this ADULT can't understand it, how am I ever going to understand it". So from there on out, kids just assume math is some hard esoteric memorization discipline, and by the time they get to high school, that's kind of stuck unless a parent, or other adult showed them what math is actually like.

this is a very good book about the subject. My biggest pet peeve is when people are sort of "proud" to be bad at math. You never see anyone going around proclaiming "damn I can't read"

u/craigiest · 11 pointsr/askscience

The book Innumeracy answers a very similar question about air. The conclusion Paolos comes to is that there's a 90% chance that the breath you just took contains an atom from Julius Caesar's dying utterance of "et tu Brute." Or any other breath by any other person more than a couple hundred years ago--conservative estimate of time needed for complete missing of the atmosphere.

u/NeoDestiny · 9 pointsr/starcraft

>well, I'm just going out on a limb here, but, I'd imagine if you called someone a faggot gook,

Let me respost the post you're responding to in your post, bro.

>Cool, let me know what other non-gendered, non-slur insults we need to get rid of as well.

Here's a link to Hooked on Phonics from Amazon, check it out sometime.

u/hundreddollarman · 8 pointsr/ArcherFX
u/DCMurphy · 7 pointsr/nfl
u/P1h3r1e3d13 · 7 pointsr/coolguides

P is for Pterodactyl, hilarious kids' book.

u/Deckedline8095 · 7 pointsr/ProtectAndServe

That's a nice straw man you've built there but if you'll notice I didn't say anything about the drugs themselves were inherently bad just the legal ramifications. Especially so for someone that wants to be LE or some other type of first responder.

I hear that Hooked On Phonics can help with reading comprehension since you seem to struggle with it.

u/DuckSosu · 7 pointsr/Drama

Honestly, mathematical illiteracy is prevalent within the general public and I'd argue it's a fairly harmful problem that no one talks about or is even aware of. There's a really good short book about it called Innumeracy.

As far as this sub is concerned though I particularly find certain people's very angry reactions to polling and Nate Silver to be hilarious.

u/cant_always_be_right · 7 pointsr/preppers

Here's a tool to help with checking your reality :)


u/shadowsweep · 7 pointsr/aznidentity

>this is silly. By this logic, Africans have the sole right to dominate the world.

Then why do Whites keep yapping about made-up Tibetan genocides and other bullshit? You realize how idiotic white people look when they're talking about "their lands"


>We do want it to be a friendly competition though.

You do not speak for your history or your leaders. Whether you realize this or not (I think you don't, your race as a whole is insanely aggressive and racist)

Native Indians







Hiding America’s War Crimes in Laos |









● China’s Rise, Fall, and Re-Emergence as a Global Power |

● USA’s warfare against China ½ |


That was only USA.


>developing a multi-racial coalition to compete against whites.

Why are you surprised?

When Blacks march peacefully, you leaders unleash attack dogs on them. When they finally get to vote, a "mysterious" drug epidemic destroys their areas. If your group would stop being such dicks, these people wouldn't even need a coalition. Look at the context - always. These angry people don't come from haunted houses.


>we have a lot of work to do in waking our people up to the nature of group conflict

You are retarded. You have entire international organizations mean to rape and pillage colored nations. ICC = International Caucasian Court. Why haven't USA war crimes (there are dozens) ever been punished? Here's the latest and greatest Why aren't there movements to free Australia, NZ, Canada, America, Hawaii, Guam, etc but a bunch of bs about freeing Tibet?

IMF and World bank

Anglo five eyes - that's right. five WHITE nations lurking like perverts and peering into everyone's bedrooms.


>You keep calling us "racist", which frankly I don't mind, but the implication seems to be that you're not racist, which is ridiculous. We're both doing the same thing, engaging in group competition for the advancement of our groups. Don't believe the leftist lies that you have the moral high ground against the evil white man. Frankly, I think you're better than that.

Tell me. Would you want to switch places with "just as evil Asians" and live in BOTH the West and the East? Where's your centuries long list of war crime committed against whites by "just the same as Whites" Asians? Not one of you would switch places with Asians in either countries. Stop making false equivalences.


>Europe has been the home of depraved brutality, as well as of intense beauty. I accept it all.

Good. I can respect that.

u/[deleted] · 7 pointsr/books

Man, I love that show.

There are some different and great books about the real history of Deadwood that are worth checking out.

Other stuff you might enjoy re: periods and themes of 19th Century U.S. History.

The Devil In The White City

Rebirth of a Nation

Battle Cry Of Freedom

Tocqueville's Democracy In America

The Johnstown Flood

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

Desperate Passage

There are tons more but those are some of my favorites, especially Devil In The White City, Bury My Heart and Desperate Passage... for the darker side of history, a'la Deadwood.

u/Vanhandle · 7 pointsr/wikipedia

I've been reading Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The collection of short stories is so truly depressing. The native americans in general were very trusting and desired a meaningful relationship with the white settlers. In the end, however, land disputes gave way to hostilities over and over again.

u/RShnike · 6 pointsr/math

Paulos is pretty good. He has some other good books too.

I've read and can recommend Innumeracy and AMPtSM as quick bedtime reading or to mathematical laymen.

u/_SirTotsalot_ · 6 pointsr/Showerthoughts
u/Lord_of_Phendrana · 6 pointsr/americanindian
u/lowflyingmonkey · 6 pointsr/pics

The funniest thing to me is how many people are upset that they used Ouija boards for O. There is some other stupid reviews as well. [amazon reviews]

u/adelaarvaren · 5 pointsr/funny

I guess you haven't seen the amazing book "P is for Pterodactyl: The worst Alphabet Book Ever!"

u/masterlobo · 5 pointsr/JRPG

Actually it is not appropriately titled then.

It would be more like:

"Recommended Final Fantasy title for a virgin of the series who also happens to be a virgin in real life? (PS Vita)"

"For a virgin, Recommended Final Fantasy title for a virgin of the series? (PS Vita)"

"Hello! Virgin here! Recommended Final Fantasy title for a virgin of the series? (PS Vita)"


Because you see, virgin of the series means, in the context of the post, that the OP has never played a FF game before.

But it is not implied through the current post title that the OP is a virgin.

I encourage you to read some Reading Comprehension books such as this book.

Have a nice day!

u/piranhamoose25 · 4 pointsr/skeptic

> Mathematical literacy is more important than the typical person things.

The way you phrased that reminded me of Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos, which is a great book on these types of things.

u/FlaveC · 4 pointsr/gadgets

This is an excellent example of how a poorly placed comma completely changes the intended meaning of a sentence.

u/TitaniumDragon · 4 pointsr/funny

They could have just used P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever.

Though Q and C being queue and cue is a particularly evil touch.

u/zxcdw · 4 pointsr/UkrainianConflict

There's a whole book written about the subject, Innumeracy. Lots and lots of people don't understand numbers and how to interpret them, leading to all sorts of weird things.

A good read, from cover to cover.

u/smileyman · 4 pointsr/AskHistorians

I think the best overall account is Elliott West's The Last Indian War I also really enjoyed Merril Beal's I Will Fight No More Forever, which draws heavily on personal accounts of the conflict. And finally, if you haven't read Dee Brown's Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, you absolutely must. He writes a broad history of American/Indian relations (and it's not a pretty one), and talks about the Nez Perce War.

u/GA_Thrawn · 3 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

I know it sounds weird, but I improved my handwriting by using those workbooks from 1st and 2nd grade where you trace the letter and then write it on your own like ten times after that. Plus I've found writing in all capital letters helps improve my handwriting. You just gotta practice and find what works best for you. I actually get compliments on my handwriting these days, when back in high school I used to get hell for how shitty my handwriting was.
Edit: workbooks like this, then you can upgrade to higher level ones

u/pkkid · 3 pointsr/entertainment

Perhaps a bit of an oxymoron, but you should check this out.

u/Enterobactin · 3 pointsr/CrohnsDisease

That's fine, report away; I believe in the system. I'm confident I'll be exonerated as I know I have never done anything of the sort.

You'd have a hard time explaining why I wouldn't manipulate the 1, or I think at most 2, posts that are downvoted. You'd also have a hard time explaining why some of my most upvoted comments contain other regular users thanking me for a post. Yeah, you've a real penchant for interpreting empirical evidence.

It couldn't possibly be that, aside from these types of exchanges, many of my posts are informative, thoughtful, well researched, and scientifically accurate. Nah, people would never upvote posts like that. I know that idea really irks you. I will gladly concede that once it's evident to me during an exchange the other party is very clearly in the wrong, I will use more stern and harsh language with them, like in this case with you. You should have seen that I have never sworn, and while I probably come dangerously close to crossing a line, I don't actually cross it.

Anyways, no, it's not another attempt at insulting you. I made that explicitly clear when I said, "I'm actually trying to establish a foundation for a productive exchange". You genuinely cannot read.

So, this can no longer be a productive exchange as you don't appear to understand the words I write. You lack the mental acuity to understand the points I make, so we are "speaking" at each other. I offered to use a medium of communication where this will not be the case, and you have refused. Not only can you not read, but you are a coward. I have the courage to stand by my statements in a format where there is less room for ambiguity, and you do not. My offer stands whenever you're ready.

With that, I wish you good luck in achieving grade school level reading abilities. Maybe then you'll have the confidence to hash it out verbally. If you happen to have a P.O. box, or you feel comfortable in send me your mailing address, I will literally send you a gift to get you started. Again, good luck.

u/fallenreaper · 3 pointsr/funny

Here is the book if anyone wants to purchase it.


I am thinking to buy a copy myself.

u/Iwanttosleep8hours · 3 pointsr/Parenting

I know you only asked for stories but the other day another redditor recommended a book "first 100 words", I got it yesterday for my 20 month old and already he has said "keys" and "duck", he absolutely loves it and won't be put it down. He is a babbler and hardly ever says a word in context so I am pretty excited about his two new words.

u/wrestlegirl · 3 pointsr/Mommit

Mom of a severely speech delayed toddler here.

It's never a bad idea to bring up concerns you have with your child's doctor. If you're concerned, schedule an appointment and ask for input from the medical types.

In addition, if you're in the US there's a national program called Early Intervention whose sole mission is to locate children under age 3 who are developmentally delayed, evaluate them, and provide therapy or other needed services so they're as caught-up as possible before starting school. Evaluations are free of charge and most services are also at no cost. You don't need a doctor's referral. Google (your state) Early Intervention for contact info.
(Whoops, just saw you're in Ireland so the above doesn't apply, but I'm going to leave it there in case it can help anyone else!)

That all said,
2 words (mama & dada) at 14 months is in the range of normal. The fact that he understands so much is also fantastic and points to him being developmentally appropriate. I don't recommend you freak out. :)

Narrating everything is perfect.
Definitely keep answering him when he talks. One thing my kid's speech therapist really encourages us to do is to have conversations with him even if it's all in babble. Baring his teeth and going "nar nar nar nar nar" means something - I have no idea what, but something - to my son these days so when he says that to me I say it right back and we have a pretty funny conversation about nar nar nar nar nar. It reinforces the back & forth of a regular conversation and gives the child confidence that they're participating the right way.
We use a lot of picture books like these with my 2yo both in therapy & at home. We either say the word while pointing to a picture or ask him "where's the ball?" and wait for him to point it out.
Really, just keep talking to him, and talking to other people while he's around!

u/Galphanore · 3 pointsr/facepalm

I feel like people like "Hotdog" in OP's screenshot should really ready Innumeracy. Hell, everyone should but people like "Hotdog" need to read it to not sound retarded.

u/Onassis_Bitch · 3 pointsr/books

Why did you respond to my comment if all you were going to do was accuse me of lying? It adds nothing to the discussion at hand (light reading vs heavy reading), and it just makes you look bad because you went out of your way to make a pointless comment. It also makes it look like you have nothing to support your original comment.

I do care, but you seem to be missing what I actually care about and why I responded to you in the first place. I've already told you why I care twice, so rather than repeating myself again, I'll just leave you this so you can come back and decipher my point for yourself at some point. Think of it as a goal for the future. Good luck!

u/Leuel48Fan · 3 pointsr/NASCAR

You should ask for this instead.

u/thehighercritic · 3 pointsr/HistoryPorn

For clarification, the book details the broad scope of the horrors of Manifest Destiny in the United States with stories from across the continent. It is beautifully written and one of the few for which I searched out a first edition.

u/DirtStarWars · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions
u/LeftMySoulAtHome · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

For Mommy

For Baby!

Thanks for the contest. :)

those meddling kids

u/sassXcore · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Sorry, I forgot to respond to this! I tried to pick out books that are fairly accessible & not loaded with anthropological jargon or the like.

u/sharer_too · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

[This] ( is a great book - and actually a lot more fun than it sounds at first -

John Allen Paulos - Innumeracy

|Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. Innumeracy lets us know what we're missing, and how we can do something about it|

u/wordjockey · 2 pointsr/books

Nix The Giving Tree -- it's for older kids, and really, for adults.

For the 4-year-old, Flat Stanley is a fun early chapter book series that his parents can read him (there are more books than in the linked boxed set).

Richard Scarry is good for the numerous things to look at. If you only get one, buy Cars, and Trucks and Things that Go. Check the book dimensions first. You want at least a 10 to 12 inch Richard Scarry book, the bigger the better.

There are a ton of pictures books on the market. Go to a good bookstore. Choose ones that have more than a few words per page (because only a few words indicates it's probably a baby book read by a parent). Definitely no board books.

The 9-year-old is probably asking for non-fiction books when he says educational books.

  1. Best of Mad Libs is a huge one that will last him a while.

  2. Animal Encyclopedia. There's a whole range of hardcover books like this, lots of color photos with factoids about the subject matter.

    Do you know if the 4-year-old is reading yet, or what either of their interests are outside of books? What other types of gifts did they ask for? That might give you a clue. For example, if either of them mention Star Wars, books about Star Wars may get them really excited about reading, or maybe a non-fiction book about space flight, etc.
u/horneraa · 2 pointsr/IAmA

>it's just surreal that the natives of this land only gained the right to vote in it less than one century ago and it's kind of sickening to think about how archaic this time is.

I don't want to look like I'm forming a pity party, but the Civil Rights Movement didn't really help out Indian Country. We had to have our own round of protests and fighting in the 1970s. Check out the American Indian Movement, the Occupation of Alcatraz Island and especially the Alcatraz Proclamation, among others. What really stunning is that the American Indian Religious Freedom Act didn't come about until 1978, let alone the fact that they had to pass it at all!

>Are there any books, movies, or another form of media that are true stories or realistic fiction that depict American Indians in a way that you find to be interesting and faithful?

Anything by Vine Deloria, Jr. is awesome, although he is more historian and scientist than he is story-teller. A short list of my favorites:

  • Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
  • God Is Red: A Native View of Religion
  • Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact

    If you want to read some great fiction that depicts American Indians accurately, start with Sherman Alexie:

  • Smoke Signals
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    Outside of those authors, some popular picks are Black Elk Speaks and Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

    As far as movies go, any self-respecting Indian has seen the movie Smoke Signals dozens of times. Powwow Highway is a favorite of mine, and Dance Me Outside is movie gold, although it doesn't get enough attention.

    >I'm thinking - why hasn't HBO or some big network done a drama that focuses on American Indians? This could be a very interesting book, as well... Or is this idea something even somewhat appealing to you as a young American Indian?

    I'm not sure what you are thinking, but I have my own ideas. I'd like to see a series that focuses on a single reservation for each episode, and details the hardships that the people of that reservation deal with on a daily basis. Call it a pity party, but there are children in the United States right now that live in houses with dirt floors and sleep on pallets and go to school on 30-year-old school buses on unkempt dirt roads (and sometimes off-road) where they learn a curriculum outdated for a decade or more........ I can go on and on. Get in your car and drive to Pine Ridge Reservation RIGHT NOW, you'll be convinced that you walked into a third world country in the middle of a war. Its not pretty. The corruption in the tribal government needs to be put in the spotlight, and the part that the Federal and State governments have played in this tragedy need to be righted. That's the facts.
u/dlawvs · 2 pointsr/Teachers

There is a cute book called "Girls like spaghetti" that illustrates the difference between sentences based on the use of apostrophes. It helps for some students to see it in a picture.

u/fight_for_anything · 2 pointsr/archeage

there is nothing in there that says "potential feature".

it plainly states "Patrons will enjoy the following benefits:"

"10% discount on Marketplace purchases (after launch)"

that is a promise that, after launch, if you have patron, you will receive a discount on market place purchases.

its written in plain english.

here, this might help you out.

u/VintageTool · 2 pointsr/mildlyinteresting
u/ciaoSonny · 2 pointsr/funny

This reminds me of the book P is for Pterodactyl

A is for Aisle

B is for Bdellium

C is for Czar

D is for Djibouti

E is for Ewe

F is not for Photo, Phlegm, Phooey, or Phone

G is for Gnocchi

H is for Heir

I is not for Eye

J is for Jai Alai

K is for Knight

L is not for Elle

M is for Mnemonic

N is not for Knot

O is for Ouija

P is for Pterodactyl

Q is for Quinoa

R is not for Are

S is for Seas

T is for Tsunami

U is not for You

V is for Five

W is for Wren

X is for Xylophone

Y is not for Why

Z is for Zhivago

u/SchrodingerDevil · 2 pointsr/worldnews

Technically I don't think it's an "official" word. I got it from this guy.

u/Temmon · 2 pointsr/February2018Bumpers

Don't forget about books for the toddler years too! They're grabby and will rip paper because they don't know how to manipulate it yet, so you want board books that can stand up to them. Because my daughter, at least, can't stand when we're reading her something that she can't flip through, and teaching gentle touch is a slow process.

Aside from all the kid's books rendered into board book form, I love books that are full of labelled pictures of things, like this. I point at words to teach her them and I can see her vocab expanding as she points at pictures when I call them out to her.

u/K2TU · 2 pointsr/funny

P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

In case anyone wants a nice link!

u/a-mom-ymous · 2 pointsr/AskParents

I loved looking at picture books and asking my son to point at different things, colors, etc. It gives good insight into what they understand without them needing to talk. The My First books (like this: First 100 Words) were great for this - labeled pictures with no story.

I absolutely loved doing sign language with my son. I highly recommend the Baby Signing Time videos - I think you can find them on YouTube. They also have a preschool series called Signing Time. Songs are cute and help kids with vocabulary and early reading, in addition to learning sign language.

One of my favorite memories was when my son, about 1yo at the time, heard a garbage truck early on the morning. He was obsessed with garbage trucks, and he sat up and started excitedly signing truck in bed. I thought it was so cool that at such an early age, he could 1) identify what he heard, 2) communicate what it was to me, and 3) express how excited he was.

u/theKinkajou · 2 pointsr/confession

As for books, the best I could find on Amazon (based on ratings) was Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. is a syllabus I found for a Native American History course that could have some good resources.

Also check out this IamA which may provide some perspective and/or resources or you could PM them.

IAmA Native American who lives on a reservation. AMA

Also there is r/NativeAmerican if you want to ask over there.

u/r_a_g_s · 2 pointsr/math

There is some statistics in K-12 math in North America, but it's pretty rudimentary and basic (i.e. it's mostly simple probability, and doesn't get into samples vs. populations and so on). Things like "If a bag has 1 red marble, 2 blue marbles, 3 green marble, and 4 yellow marbles, and you reach in and pick a marble at random, what is the probability you'll get a green marble?"

I picked up a little book a long time ago called Innumeracy - Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos, a math professor at Temple University. In that book (updated in 2001), he talks about the problems people have when they aren't very "numerate", and most of the topics he covers have to do with statistics.

Actually, in his preface to the updated 2001 edition (use Amazon's "Look Inside" feature), Paulos also talks about mathematical pedagogy. He discusses: 5 key misconceptions:

  1. "Mathematics is nothing more than computation" - False - "our mathematical problems result more from insufficient exposure to mathematics as a way of thinking ... than from an inability to compute."
  2. "Math is a completely hierarchical subject" - False - "There is a cumulative aspect to certain parts of mathematics, to be sure, but it is frequently less important than many realize...."
  3. "Storytelling is as effective an educational tool in mathematics as it is in other domains, and belief to the contrary is the third misconception. ... I've always been very sensitive to the way stories, parables, vignettes, and sometimes even jokes help put formal mathematics into context, illustrate its limitations, and emphasize what should be a truism: that numbers and statistics always require interpretation."
  4. "Math is only for the few" - False - "Almost everybody can devevlop a workable understanding of numbers and probabilities, of relationships and arguments, of graphs and rates of change and of the ubiquitous role these notions play in everyday life."
  5. "Math numbs us or limits our freedom in some way" - False - "Too many people cling to the usually unarticulated belief that one must choose between life and love on the one hand and numbers and details on the other. ... Balderdash."

    Anyhow. Sorry for the long post, but I think it's worthwhile. Read Paulos' preface in its entirety.
u/MonkeyPanls · 2 pointsr/math

Check out Prof John Allen Paulos' work. 'Innumeracy' comes to mind. I'm on mobile, so I won't try to link.

EDIT: Found a Real Computer, here's a link

Here's his website.

Disclaimer: I had Prof Paulos for a class before I dropped out of Uni. :)

u/I_am_usually_a_dick · 2 pointsr/Showerthoughts

it has been done.

the most interesting was a test for a disease that has a 98% accuracy rate for a disease that only 1 out of 200 have and if you test positive you have only a 20% chance of having the disease. google Bayes Therom.
if you like math read it.

u/LuckyNumberFour · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Maybe something like this or this. They're not strictly Science, per se, but they can open up a conversation that leans that way.

u/Slacker5001 · 2 pointsr/learnmath

I know you said your not a fan of "puzzles" but in particular there is a very interesting one I liked as an math undergraduate that I think is very accessible understanding wise to non-stem majors and gives a hint about what the field of topology looks like. We has a sub in one of my math classes cover this once when he didn't properly get the material he was suppose to teach sent to him.

The Bridges of Königsberg it's puzzling at first but with the right guidance, I feel that even someone who has no background in math can grasp the answer and understand how it works as well as how it's solution is found.

Touching on some math history is also a possibility. The history of how numbers developed can be interesting and applies to everyone since everyone learns about and uses numbers in their life. Seeing the natural progression from natural numbers to integers to rationals and finally to reals throughout history is really cool if you ask me. And learning about some of the "crazy smart" math people in history can really make math feel every so slightly more relevant and relatable because you realize that it was real people who invented this abstract "math stuff" in a sense.

There is also the applications of number theory and modulo arithmetic stuff to encryption. At first doesn't seem super relatable to non-stem people but I've run across two more relatable problems in my classes. The first was the Luhn algorithm which can be used to check if certain identifying numbers like credit cards or social security numbers are indeed actual credit card or social security numbers.

The second (which I don't know if it is actually how it works in real life) is the idea of using modular arithmetic to preserve CD/DVD information despite scratches. If your CD for example has the numbers 101 and you get a scratch through the "0" part of the cd, how does the cd player know what was there? Well you can add up those three digits and take them mod 2 and add the answer to the end of your string as a 4th digit. So 101 becomes 1010 because 1+1=2=0 mod 2. Now if the cd is scratched the cd player can check the 4th number and go "Oh ok, all three numbers have to add to 0, so my lost digit must be 0!" and your cd still works!

Those are a couple of random interesting problems/topics I've run into in my higher level math courses that I think are accessible for non-math majors and interesting.

EDIT - I also just remembered that I've been reading a lot of books about the importance of understanding math and statistics lately (Proofiness and Innumeracy if your interested) and I think it's a very important skill for anyone who is not so inclined towards math. Being able to understand numbers in a real world sense and be skeptical about data we see in the real world, is a powerful skill for building knowledge and avoiding biased information.

u/hencethus · 2 pointsr/books

I really liked Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos.

u/Kilikinah · 2 pointsr/PenmanshipPorn

I felt the exact same when I was an almost-13-year-old! I've always loved cursive and calligraphy. My 8th grade English teacher used to assign handwritten journal entries every week for our reading logs (do you still do reading logs?)

Anyways, I taught myself cursive and used the entries as practice. I haven't gone back since! If you ever want to teach yourself, look into getting a cursive workbook from Amazon! They're super inexpensive. Here's their best seller if you're interested.

And your handwriting is great btw :)

u/ahalenia · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

The overwhelming majority of historians not only believe genocide was committed, but that the genocide against Indigenous peoples of the Americas by Europeans is the worst genocide in human history. Here's some of the thousands of published books on the subject.

The fact that the genocide wasn't 100% effective in wiping out every single Indigenous person in the Americas doesn't mean it wasn't genocide. Here's the legal definition of genocide. And many ethnic groups were completely killed, notably the Selknam people who were hunted for sport well into the 20th century.

Bison aren't endangered now but they certainly were in the late 19th century. The US government hired private contractors to slaughter as many bison as possible as a means of forcing Plains tribes onto reservations and into submission. Here's an Indian Country Today article on the subject. The Red River War of 1874-5 is the one war in US history where people fought the US government to protect another species, i.e. the last free-roaming herd of bison.

If you are lecturing and trying to educate the public, it behooves you to read up more on the subject. Dee Brown's classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a good place to start.

u/MONDARIZ · 2 pointsr/books

This is an excellent read on Native American history and their relation to white Americans – a true classic.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

u/fulminedio · 2 pointsr/breakingmom

Like I said. A 1 year old won't remember. Won't really know what's going on. It will be more for you than anything. I little $5 item is fine.

A quick check on amazon has a bunch of stuff. I found a book that would be great. Only $3 something. And it will help your child immensely to read to her/him daily.

u/xanderaech · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

For idioms, I used to teach English to Korean teenagers, and this book was helpful for them to have around while they watched American TV at home and etc.

u/Shitty_Plastics · 1 pointr/hapas

For "Asian males" who want to improve their English skills, here's a solution:

u/ScannerBrightly · 1 pointr/aspergirls

I got this book of idioms when my daughter was young. It's been a source of many laughs and deep conversations since.

u/lightzalot · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This handwriting workbook for my daughter. :) We've been working on a lot of things with her and this would help a ton!

u/harsesus · 1 pointr/technology

No, the comments are on Vice. You failed to read the entire article,

>Politic365's content is distributed widely, and High has published a slew of anti-net neutrality op-eds at the Huffington Post.

And misinterpreted the parts you did read...

> For a story about how civil rights groups with funding from Comcast and other telecom companies wrote a letter to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) supporting the agency’s proposal to gut net neutrality, High showed up in the comment section to call me "paternalistic."

You might try something more your speed first:

u/dogdiarrhea · 1 pointr/math

I've always been good at math, logical and analytical thinking. I think it's partially doing my homework, extra math stuff my grandparents did with me (including contests and stuff like that), as well as hobbies that require such thinking being encouraged (card games, chess, dominoes, board games, etc.).

All I do is look at numbers and see numbers as well. Finding patterns in numbers, or systems, or whatever isn't something that comes natural to most people, even those who are competent at math. Being able to come up with predictions, patterns, and models is among the most difficult tasks we have, which is why we have professional scientists rather than a growing body of knowledge entirely done by hobbyists and amateurs. The point being that training your mind to do these tasks isn't some terrible character flaw you have, in fact most people who try struggle with it.

The Khan academy is a commonly suggested, and excellent, resource for most basic math topics. What I think you're asking for, specifically, is applying math and analytical thinking to day-to-day scenarios in order to make sense of the world around you. That skill actually has a name: "numeracy", the name given by some mathematicians as they believe it is as fundamental a skill as literacy. I do think that it's a crucial skill, but don't get discouraged by the comparison at something as "basic" as literacy. For one because there is an overwhelming amount of people who are not numerically literate, and also literacy itself is not trivial, while we learn the basics of reading at a very young age typically there is a more advanced comprehension requirement and we are not considered "literate" until about the 10th or 11th grade (and a standardized test usually determines this).

I can't think of any activities to build numeracy skills, but to get started John Paulos' Innumeracy is a good resource. It shows common pitfalls, why they are wrong, reasons as to why they occur, and the correct way to think about the suggested problems. If you feel confident after reading it a good way to practice the skill is to find news articles, and see if any of the numbers are misleading.

Critical thinking courses (typically listed as a philosophy course, I believe?) are also a great way to improve logical and analytical reasoning. This is the rather pricy textbooks I used, I linked to the Canadian site because Amazon Canada lists the complete table of contents, so you can search around for other books that cover the topics, if you wish. You could also find courses online, for example khan academy (to be honest, I don't like the topics as presented because it spends a lot of time on fallacies, but doesn't even cover inductive reasoning), or on Coursera.

u/Stuckinaloop · 1 pointr/news

I can also cherry-pick statistics to make them fit my paradigm.

Where do you think the saying...

"Lies, Lies, and Damn Statistics" comes from.

That is the problem with statistics, and why scientists sometimes arrive at bad conclusions.

It is very hard to be completely objective when trying to evaluate social phenomenon clear of preconceived notions.

I recommend this book, Innumerancy.

Even though we disagree, it is a good read.

u/battletoadz4ever · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Hi, I have spent the past few years of my life advocating for critical thinking, and giving training on the topic. Many people have talked about listening to and reading both sides on any topic which is an important point - I like to say that critical thinking is a team sport. I also recommend that your first step should always be to read the Wikipedia article on any new topic that you encounter. You should not trust information on Wikipedia 100%, but this step will help you to get an overall understanding of the topic and a sense of how experts think on it.

I also recommend the following books, and I have put them in order from shortest/easiest to longest/hardest so I recommend reading them in this order:

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments


Critical Thinking

Some free resources:

And I am currently working on a free multiplayer game where you learn the logical fallacies by trying to fool your friends with deceptive famous quotes. It should be ready in a few months so I will take note of your username and DM you the link when it is ready.

u/CrudelyAnimated · 1 pointr/pics
u/TheMiamiWhale · 1 pointr/redditblack

yep! it all checks out! Next stop.... Amazon

u/wdjm · 1 pointr/funny
u/TooMuchPants · 1 pointr/AskReddit

innumeracy I know you didn't mention math, but this book completely changed the way I think about the subject.

u/Blepharospasm · 1 pointr/funny

Why read the first word, when you CAN READ 100 !

u/Roy-Fucking-Mustang · 1 pointr/bestof

If you had trouble with any of those words, Here's a fantastic program just for you!.

u/beetsbattlestar · 1 pointr/Teachers

Granted, I teach 5th graders so take whatever I say with a grain of salt with 11th graders. This book about writer's notebooks really helped see the benefit of having one. This focuses more on having a free space to write whatever they want that can snowball into a larger idea.

I say grading or looking through them every 2 weeks or so should be good but I think checking them may be hard if they're using it for notes or planning. Perhaps having a multi subject notebook or a writers notebook and a binder for notes and such could help with all the uses you want from it?

Sorry this was a little scattered (#onemoreweekofschool) but let me know if you have any questions!

u/kay_rod · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

If I had enough $$, I'd buy myself a new laptop on Black Friday... preferably one WITHOUT Windows 8 because seriously, FTS.

I would love the Best of Mad Libs book from my default WL. My hubby and I do a TON of Mad Libs during the cold months.

Thanks for the contest!!

u/therealsix · 1 pointr/funny

Reminds me of the "P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever" that I got for my 7 year old this Christmas.

u/jaroto · 1 pointr/PoliticalDiscussion

I didn't even realize that was a perception. I guess people in this sub may find this book illuminating.

u/skittles_rainbows · 1 pointr/Teachers

I got lots of links. I would start with the prewriting book. It goes through the letters in a pretty systematic way. The Wacky Sentences is a good way to practice in a fun way. The link with Year 2-3 Dotted Lined Paper, make sure to look up that paper. That's lined paper that grade should be using. The first steps in writing will help in writing sentences. You also need to address standards, which is the Spectrum book. The last two address cursive.

A couple important points. Think of handwriting as a font. Each kid has a font. It doesn't have to be perfect. It has to be formed correctly but each kid can put a spin on it. Look up pencil grips. Make sure the kids are holding pencils correctly. If they aren't, they won't be able to control the pencil. If they can't control the pencil, the writing will be off.

Pre-Writing Practice Resource Book

Print Wacky Sentences: First and Second Grade Writing Practice

Year 2-3 Dotted Lined Paper

First Steps in Writing {Bundle}

Spectrum Writing Workbook

Cursive Handwriting Workbook for Kids: Beginning Cursive

Wacky Sentences Handwriting Workbook: Practice Writing in Cursive


u/steinman17 · 1 pointr/funny

Looks like they did P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

u/mike_gifford · 1 pointr/accessibility

Well there is that... If you don't want to be disappointed I'd suggest checking out

u/Matchboxx · 1 pointr/videos

He literally said, and I quote:

> Right now if I miss my flight they put me on the next one free of charge. If they made it so when you buy a seat it's yours no matter what then there would be no standby. If you get caught in traffic and miss your flight you'd have to pay for a new ticket.

He's literally stating that, right now, if he gets stuck in traffic and misses his flight, he can fly standby on the next flight, for free.

Nobody is talking about flight delays or cancellations. Please give this product a whirl before further commenting. Thanks.

u/atomic_m · 1 pointr/engineering

Suggestion: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences

Not directly related to engineering, but still very good.

I also like books about design, especially opinionated design (I think design and engineering go hand in hand). One good one I've read lately is The Compact Culture.

u/lobaron · 1 pointr/television

Don't cut yourself short, man. Maybe try easier things, like this. Or maybe this.

u/DearBurt · 1 pointr/OldSchoolCool

For those interested, I highly recommend reading Russell Means' autobiography, "Where White Men Fear to Tread."

And, of course, all Americans should read Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

u/charcuterie_bored · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

My son is flipping obsessed with these books and also this one.

u/HittingSmoke · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

> ...internet enabled forklifts!


Also, there's a reason I specifically mentioned internet after you brought up intranet. Specifically.

u/Bogatyr1 · 1 pointr/JustTzimisceThings

The Tzimisce Teacher:


Carl Sagan warned of a world of scientific ignorance where illogical superstitions like the anti-vaccine movement and religious tribalism increasingly took hold.


John Allen Paulos warned of a world of mathematical illiteracy where pyramid schemes and predatory lotteries increasingly took hold, reflected perhaps even in the popularity of the non-mathematical D&D5e and v5 VTM tabletop games.


In an increasingly hostile environment for the Kindred, where through the ages, not only a secretive cabal of academic vampire mages attack the clan, but a zealot-led Second Inquisition and a beckoning spell to remove former leaders, the Tzimisce have to be more intelligent and clever than the huge population of psychotic, self-serving, technologically-adjacent humans to preserve the clan's secret affairs, and excel mentally beyond the ranks of the enemy clans and factions in order to ensure survival.


In countries across the world, the populace are encouraged through effective emotional manipulation to become mindless, passive consumers, docile, disposable workers, and uninformed citizens, an inclination infecting even the most vaunted of intelligentsia, so while a prospective candidate member for the clan (even among the revenant families) may be admired for certain strengths of personality and courage or a unique perspective or fetishistic abberance, such individuals still remain the product of successive centuries of refulgent anti-intellectualism, and as such, must be taught or destroyed if not able to meet the challenges of membership.


To this end, The Tzimisce teacher dedicates their unlife to a calling of judgement. The teacher pays visits to members of the clan one can find with auspex through the world (a personal specialty from the teacher's experience), and tests them and corrects holes in their understanding of the kindred or the world or political ensnarement. If the Kindred is receptive and willing to improve and shows reasonable progress they are allowed to live, and if they are intellectually stagnant, recalcitrant, or umasterful to a degree beyond redemption, then they are executed, along with any sires or packmates or regional Sabbat leaders that attempt to stop this from happening.


There are some Tzimisce that completely remove themselves from the reach of other clans through adapting their bodies to hostile environments far beneath the Earth, within the oceans, or even outer space (to still contend with other supernatural creatures), but for those that remain at risk among the humans, The Teacher has culled a huge number (perhaps thousands or tens of thousands) of unacceptable clan-mates. The Teacher has not been previously spoken of much through clan histories because many fail to live to tell of meeting The Teacher.

u/admiralkit · 1 pointr/nfl

I accidentally ended up ordering two copies of P is for Pteradactyl (The Worst Alphabet Book Ever) and after reading it at my wife she's ready to send them both back. I don't know how you can't appreciate a gem like this book.

u/-_birds_- · 1 pointr/me_irl

There's another one I read alot growing up, it was called [Girls Like Spaghetti] ( which is Eats shoots and leaves but with apostrophes

u/ieattime20 · 1 pointr/politics

Key word is thorough. Prob and stat is actually very intuitive, the issue is that that intuition must be built from the ground up. Most university courses fail in this respect.

Let me recommend some good, useful, and fun to read books for you: Innumeracy, Beyond Numeracy, and probably most importantly A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper all by John Allen Paulos. He's sort of a pop-math author I would consider analogous to Carl Sagan for numbers.

u/arvi1000 · 1 pointr/statistics

A good book about how people are generally bad with quantitative intuition is Innumeracy, by John Paulos

u/buster_boo · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

[Under $4] (

[Under $3] (

I don't have anything under $2 except for digital, which I CANNOT SEE THE PRICE OF ON MOBILE because Amazon hates me.

These are both books for my niece. I want her to be a reader like me. So far, she LOVES books.

Thanks for the contest!!

u/MikeTheInfidel · 1 pointr/skeptic

I've heard great things about John Allen Paulos' Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences but haven't read it myself yet so I don't know how much it covers about probability.

u/wh0ligan · 0 pointsr/Buffalo

I taking a wild guess that you have read this book Innumeracy

Even if you haven't it is a very interesting read.

u/Gamiac · 0 pointsr/quityourbullshit

> You seriously think that's even remotely the same thing?

No. I don't. The reason I compared /r/pussypass and /r/CoonTown is that they have almost the exact same type of content. The only difference is how extreme the two subreddits are.

> I'm sure it's a "gendered slur" and you don't see people getting worked up about that.

Being called a dick isn't nearly as bad as being called a pussy. Being called a dick just means that you're an asshole, but people are willing to ignore that if you can get shit done. Being called a pussy implies that you can't even do that, and should thus be shunned.

>There is nothing worse than someone who's life is based around looking for things to be insulted by.

Do you really think that you can sum up my arguments as "looking for things to be insulted by"? If so, then I think you could probably use this.

>Wah, you called me a moron! Did you know what that word originally meant? You must be against mentally challenged people!

I guess you have a good point. I probably shouldn't have used the word "moron". Still, though, I think people who do stupid things should be mocked. The only difference is that I don't try to fucking deny it like the dipshits at /r/pussypassdenied.

u/VeIca · 0 pointsr/summonerswar

that sure isnt a quote of where I said "why are you saying this is going to affect your gaming experience"

ill be waiting

if you remove the non existent implication itll still say the same exact thing

i asked "why would it matter to you or anyone else if everyone got compensation"

and in the next sentence I put my two sense in, logically if I was trying to IMPLY you said that I would not separate the two sentences NOR would I ask you why it mattered if everyone got the compensation

here's the link for you;

u/Not-Kevin-Bacon · 0 pointsr/funny

I bought this book for my nephew:

u/Ryder_GSF4L · -1 pointsr/australia

Thats a great bot. Also look at you taking what I said out of context, and missing the point I was attempting to make.

Once again here is the full quote:

>Since we are both making assumptions based off very little evidence, I will assume you are a virgin. See how that works?

The point behind this statement was not to call you a virgin (I dont care where you stick your dick or whatever genitalia you have). The point was to show that anyone can make baseless assumptions based on very little evidence. As an example, I called you a virgin. Why must you take everything I say out of context? Do you need this? That might help you out dude, I suggest you purchase it....

u/phattie83 · -1 pointsr/news


That should be 98.44-99.9%

>being european.

Actually, it's "something other than NA"...

>So yeah, between naught and fuckall percent native American

Again, I'm going to need a numerical value for "fuckall".. Because "naught" means zero, so I'd have to assume fuckall means "more than zero"...

Innumeracy can be overcome with the proper desire and effort. This might be a good place to start...

u/Firesinis · -3 pointsr/AskReddit

Dawkins is a great author and thinker, and he would benefit a lot from taking a look at this.

u/MasterFubar · -6 pointsr/news

> I own 1000 acres of farmland that I use to grow corn.

So you cannot use rain water to grow that corn? You are forced to cover those acres in plastic, so the rainwater flows downhill, instead of watering your corn?

If you use a 1000 acres of land to grow corn, you are using all the water that rains on that field, then why cannot you store any of that water?

> Every time it rains, I divert the stream into my water tower because I am allowed to collect rain water.

Does your water tower grow bigger and bigger every time it rains?

You see, if you have a planted field in your farm you ARE using rainwater, much much more rainwater than you could ever collect.

Imagine one inch of rain falling on one acre of land. That's 25,000 gallons of water. Over one acre. It's a big amount of water, but only 0.1% of the total that fell on those 1000 acres of farmland. So, if your farmer owns 1000 acres of land and builds a one-acre rainwater collector, he's storing 0.1% of the rainwater that falls on his property. Do you call that being greedy?

If the farmer has a thousand acres of land, he gets 25 million gallons of water for every inch it rains on his property. There's no way he could ever store any significant part of all that water.

The sad reality is that most people cannot do the simplest math. And, unfortunately, those people are allowed to vote. This is what makes people vote for law like those restricting the collection of rain water. They only see the COMMERCIAL and GREEDY catchwords there, without ever stopping to do some simple math and think, does this make any sense?

u/Hellothereawesome · -11 pointsr/soccer

Hmmm... I didn't know I was a Chinese propaganda element until you told me honestly. I get that not understanding proper argumentative writing can bring about fear if you are ignorant, this would be money well spent for you: