The Popular Celebration Of Pi Day

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Most students of contemporary generations can recall yearly feasts of circular confections, such as pie, cookies, and maybe spherical fruit, donated by more health-conscious parents. On March 14th in schools all over America, math teachers are sure to be celebrating the irrational number pi, approximated to 3.14, which gives rise to indispensable formulas such as the area of a circle or volume of a sphere. Measuring the circumference of a cookie cake may seem like a harmless festive activity, but it contributes to a celebration that feeds into an imbalance in the American education system. The existence of this math-centered holiday shows that schools revere STEM, a catch-all acronym for science, technology, engineering and math, but other uncelebrated subjects may not be regarded so highly. The popular celebration of Pi Day in American schools reflects how increased emphasis on STEM education is linked to the de-emphasis of the visual arts in U.S. public school systems to the detriment of students. When students are denied art classes, they are denied a comprehensive education. This event began when physicist Larry Shaw celebrated the first Pi Day on March 14th, 1998, chosen for the date’s (3/14) resemblance to 3.14, at his workplace, the San Francisco Exploratorium, which carries on the tradition to this day (“Mathematical Holidays”). Since then, the holiday moved into American school classrooms in order to promote the importance of this number in modern day

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