Subject: Re: Is winning timed-competitions the goal of math-education?"" Author: mattsmom <email@example.com> Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 04:09:56 GMT
>>"What's your point?" >My points had to do with: 1. the value of rote memorization in >math-education; >2. the value of competitions as a pedagogical tool.
There is absolutely nothing special or unique about mathematics in this regard. Many people play chess but only a few enter tournaments where competition happens at very many levels. Precisely the same thing can be said about sports, music, even writing (both poetry and prose).
Competition is the essence of sports, but I have never heard anyone suggest that sports are about losing. No one questions the value of competition as a pedagogical tool in writing, why does this question arise in mathematics?