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Topic: How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning
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Louis Talman

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Re: [math-learn] Brightness Versus Intelligence. / Eastern Versus
Western learning

Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:46 PM
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On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM, Robert Hansen <> wrote:

> On Nov 24, 2012, at 11:54 AM, Louis Talman <> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 10:29 AM, Robert Hansen <> wrote:
> Wrong. In fact, as the best kid in the class, I seldom got asked to the

>> board.

> Your description of what happened to you is the epitome of "anecdotal".
> Considering the way I wrote it, I can see how can say that. How about this
> then. When I take into account all of my classes in school (a few dozen
> spread over 6 different schools), not one involved a teacher that
> predominately asked the brightest kids to the board. Haim has already
> pointed out my real error and that was labeling what Stigler wrote as
> "anecdotal" and I agree with him. What Stigler wrote wasn't based on
> personal experience, it was made up. It was fiction thrown in to support
> his hypothesis, and that was my real point.
> I'm not sure why you think that your own personal experience contradicts
> Greeno's "usually".
> Greeno's what?????? I have asked Greeno for a record of anything, many
> times, and he has produced nothing, even though his site claims that MALEI
> has been involved in this area for 30 years! For the past several years I
> cast a very wide net. I looked at more math (and physics) curriculums,
> involved myself in discussions with more teachers, and examined more test
> results than I had ever planned on. Comparing my research to Clyde's lack
> of any is rather foolish, is it not?
> Bob Hansen

The *anecdotal* evidence you gave is research? Or even "REsearch"? Even as


--Louis A. Talman
Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Metropolitan State College of Denver


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