
Re: Khan Academy: Math instruction goes viral > backlash
Posted:
Sep 7, 2011 1:54 AM


Alain, Roy, et al:
Unfortunately, the greater and more serious dilemma is that "Khan mathematics" is a relatively accurate picture of what today's American public (and most of its educators) have been led to mean by "mathematics" and by "education in mathematics". That is largely why the USA lags in mathematics ... and why most students flee from the mathematics curriculum ASAP ... and why most Americans become victims of "math anxiety" before ceasing their formal schooling. Quite bluntly, it is a woefully UNHEALTHY kind of robotic training.
The only hope is for the college/university community to catalyze nationwide dissemination and use of healthier, enlightened, and more realistic perceptions of what "education" in "mathematics" SHOULD be all about. But alas, most college/university professors were reared through Khantype "education" in Kahntype "mathematics" ... and their proposed "educational reforms" typically are about how to more effectively produce Khantype "education" in Khantype "mathematics". Does any other nation rely on a better perception of "education in mathematics"?
So, the impetus for nationwide reorientation must come from a college/university *minority* whose humanitarian concerns ... couched in sociological, philosophical, and psychomathematical considerations ... are strong enough to override the traditions through which they arrived. Is any such "fratority" even on the visible horizon?
Might the cybervisibility and the increasing notoriety of "Khan mathematics education" catalyze the sorely needed backlash ... through emergence of the needed conclave? Who would even want to belong to such an academic fellowship for reorienting American education in mathematics?
Wishfully, Clyde
  From: "Alain Schremmer" <schremmer.alain@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 10:48 PM To: <mathedcc@mathforum.org> Subject: Re: Khan Academy: Math instruction goes viral
> > On Sep 6, 2011, at 10:28 PM, R. Wright wrote: > >> Khan is a really remarkably efficient trainer of monkeys, but not much >> of an educator of humans. > > I totally agree. > >> I wouldn't leave one of his videos alone in a room with my child's mind, > > and I wonder that they are taken seriously by some. > >> but to each his own, as they say. > > No. > > Regards > schremmer > > **************************************************************************** > * To post to the list: email mathedcc@mathforum.org * > * To unsubscribe, email the message "unsubscribe mathedcc" to > majordomo@mathforum.org * > * Archives at http://mathforum.org/kb/forum.jspa?forumID=184 * > **************************************************************************** **************************************************************************** * To post to the list: email mathedcc@mathforum.org * * To unsubscribe, email the message "unsubscribe mathedcc" to majordomo@mathforum.org * * Archives at http://mathforum.org/kb/forum.jspa?forumID=184 * ****************************************************************************

