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Topic: What are the "basic" facts?
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Norm Krumpe

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Re: What are the "basic" facts?
Posted: Jun 23, 1995 9:21 PM
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>Just a quick response to yours about multiplication.
>From my college math majors -- first quick answer is of course, multi-\
>plication makes things bigger because it is repeated addition, and we
>all know that addition makes things bigger.
>I agree. I think that if students can't remember 7x8, it's because it
>really has no importance to them. Long division, 3-digits into 5-digits,
>is a real waste of time -- and we must spend weeks in 4-8 grade on it.
>Arithmetic is only one aspect of mathematics, like spelling in relation
>to writing.
>Eileen Schoaff
>Buff State

Nice analogy. Spelling is the mechanical part of writing. Few people are
hired because they are good spellers. Far more are hired because they are
good writers.

Similarly: Few people are ever hired for their ability to do arithmetic.
Far more are hired for their ability to do mathematics.

Norm Krumpe
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana Univerity at Bloomington

Norm Krumpe
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University at Bloomington

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