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Topic: basic facts
Replies: 1   Last Post: Jul 9, 1995 3:07 AM

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Chi-Tien Hsu

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Re: basic facts
Posted: Jul 9, 1995 3:07 AM
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>Cindy wrote:
So, my point is--knowing your facts is great, but number sense is
far, far more important!>

I do and do not agree with you.
Depending on what do you mean by number sense.

I do not know exactly what this girl knows about the number. If she
only memorized those facts without any understanding in number, you
are right. But some people just develop their practical sense later
than their math sense, some never do.

Two examples:
(1) I know a great mathematician who is very poor at applying math to
solve simple practical problem like how many rabbits and chicken in a
cage with given total number of legs and total number of rabbits and
chicken together, but complicated topology in his mind is as easy as
we count the dots 1,2,3,4,5....
(2) I have a classmate in junior high who tested greatly in abstract
concept and very poorly in word problem solving. His practical sense
suddenly exploded in high school and he ended up became a very successful
engineer.

I do think that we should teach kids both, but to say what is far more
important, I think it is not fair. I don't think learning those fact
will have any bad influence on her ability to develop the "pratical
number sense". Think of this, if without learning those fact, she
might be thinking she is born to be bad in mathematics. You might have
a very talented kid in your hand.

Chi-Tien






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