On Jun 10, 2013, at 3:44 AM, GS Chandy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> OK - so what? The point was that even students who feared/loathed math could come to understand it. Some instances were provided in the article). Doubtless some of those who come to understand the math they need may even come to like it. Without understanding as a preliminary, there is no chance of 'liking'. The key ingredient is that it is entirely possible to overcome the fear/loathing most students feel for math - which is possible if they can begin to understand the math they need to know.
That was my point. They weren't trying to teach algebra and calculus to construction workers. That used to be the norm here. Then they decided that everyone must be college ready and that college ready meant algebra and calculus. Also, that school is described as an alternative school, like for misfits. It shouldn't be like that. You shouldn't have to drop out of school to be a mechanic or work in construction. Another pet peeve is the disappearance of business math in high school. It seemed to have disappeared just when it became universally required at work. They don't even teach arithmetic like it should be taught anymore because they think it should be taught in a way that supports algebra and calculus. WTF.
>> >> I was discussing what defines humans with a friend >> last week. I guess our children are at that age in >> school where the teachers start making those >> distinctions. I came up with... >> >> 1. They are good with tools and fine motor skills. >> 2. They are good with language. >> 3. They are emotional. >> >> That's it. >> >> Mind you, I am trying to define the species in >> general, not just 15 or 25% of the species. >> >> Bob Hansen >> > OK. So what? This does not counter any of the points raised in the article - or any of the points I had raised in the post to which you are 'responding'.
The point - algebra and calculus aren't in the list.