Most adults recall memorizing the names of rivers or the Pythagorean theorem in school and wondering, “When am I ever gonna use this stuff?” Kids today have a high-profile spokesman. Jonathan Rochelle, the director of Google’s education apps group, recently told The New York Times that he “cannot answer” why his children should learn the quadratic equation. He wonders why they cannot “ask Google.” If Rochelle cannot answer his children, I can.
"You Still Need Your Brain" is from the May 19, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Daniel T. Willingham and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.