Perhaps I'm not following people carefully enough but I had the idea that you were dissing the importance of competence (read automaticity) in arithmetic through ordinary fractions, ratio and proportion, and percentages starting from early grade timed fluency with elementary number facts. I consider it to be the most important part of the mathematics educational program, particularly for low socioeconomic and weak education background community students (as was I). Far too many pileup deficits from which they can never recover whereas those with early success (that is usually learned through school as opposed to reading readiness which has huge family/community reinforcement prior to Day 1 of kindergarten) they can be well on their way to upward mobility through education. What a deal.
At 04:14 AM 6/21/2013, Joe Niederberger wrote: >Wayne Bishop says: > >Yet we come down diametrically opposed on >this issue. Weird. > >I don't understand this assertion. Which parties are diametrically >opposed on which issue? > >Thanks >Joe N