
Re: Why?
Posted:
Oct 25, 2012 2:17 PM


On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 5:02 AM, Robert Hansen <bob@rsccore.com> wrote: > > On Oct 24, 2012, at 11:47 AM, Paul Tanner <upprho@gmail.com> wrote: > > I suspect that you will show the same type of hostility to such ideas > as these that make things so much easier and quicker for so many > people, the same hostility I have received from so many in terms of > making it easier and quicker to perform various skills. > > > This is because your critics (including myself) don't view math as a > collection of rote tricks to be taught "easier and quicker". Their view of > teaching arithmetic involves a true sense of arithmetic being transferred > from teacher to student. They view "pretending to teach algebra" as > superficial and damaging to that sense. They know that without the sense, > the student will be unable to apply any of it. > > You did mention struggling students and grades. I have tutored students in > algebra before and had to pretend, but these were not students working on > some math intensive degree. Algebra was a requirement and the last math > class they would ever take in their life (maybe with a pretend statistics > class as well). That does change things. By hook or by crook you try to get > them through the course, so that they can go on with what they are really > interested in. > > Is this what you are talking about? >
My reply can be found here:
"Easier and quicker methods for algebra  rote tricks? (was Re: Why?)" http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2411516

