On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 2:12 AM, Robert Hansen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Oct 24, 2012, at 7:55 PM, Paul Tanner <email@example.com> wrote: > > See the links I gave to all those past posts of mine. > > > I did see the links, that is why we are talking about pretending to teach > children algebra. My question was, if the student can't see arithmetic, why > do you think they can see algebra? It appears that you are trying to use a > rote trick just to get the student through the topic, and all teachers > probably face this situation with students that struggle. >
You've missed half the issue. The other half is this: A teacher can't be successful at pretending to teach unless students also pretend to learn.
And this phenomenon is precisely the problem with standardized, multiple-guess tests: They don't distinguish between students who learn and students who simply pretend to learn.
--Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State College of Denver