On Jun 12, 9:07 am, Ken Pledger <ken.pled...@vuw.ac.nz> wrote:
> > .... Children should > > not memorize addition and multiplication tables, but should > > construct them .... > > Both.
> After reaching an understanding that 5 + 8 really is 13, > it's highly valuable to memorize it so that the stimulus "5 + 8" evokes > the instant response "13". > > But I doubt whether Herman will ever agree with that.
It seems unlikely. He must have had a really hard time in early grade school. He's one of those educators, (as a colleague of mine mourned), who is quite happy that the kids know that 3 apples costing 8 cents each costs the same as 8 apples costing 3 cents each, but they don't know how much it costs!
-- Withering William
** The math is done right, but is the right math done?