On Mar 10, 2013, at 4:42 AM, GS Chandy <email@example.com> wrote:
> There is a significant difference between "INFLUENCING" and "ALLOWING". Check any dictionary.
What does this have to do with my point? I never said "influence", I said "allow". I mean "allow". I don't mean discuss, I don't persuade and I don't mean influence. Do you think when my son want's to buy the latest xbox game or fad that I influence him not to? I disallow it. My has learnt which things are discussable and which he will just have to take my word for. The same goes for teaching. I watch so many teachers gripe about the symbolism in algebra or the arithmetic in, well, in arithmetic. They see this as a hinderance and they waste years trying to come up with the perfect explanation, analogy or picture. And all of their effort is for naught. I can find no evidence at all of any students of these methods arriving on the other side of algebra with actual algebra experience. Yet, the disciplined students make it through the tedium of arithmetic and symbols and succeed.
They have the advantage that they when need be, they will do as they are told. Of course, that requires a parent that can tell them the right things to do.