But what if a student finishes high school without even the most basic math knowledge, or just doesn't finish.
Those teenagers are dumped into an unforgiving workplace with little hope. Polya has nothing for them, nor, apparently, do we.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Roberta M. Eisenberg Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 10:41 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Subject: A Quote from Polya
FYI - Some words of wisdom from the master problem solver. (Known for his famous book, How to Solve It.)
Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry ... . To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery. -George Polya, professor of mathematics (1887-1985)