GS Chandy
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Re: Math Wars Philosophizing in the NY Times
Posted:
Jun 21, 2013 10:50 PM


Joe Niederberger posted Jun 22, 2013 12:14 AM (GSC's remarks at end): > Wayne Bishop says: > >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 > > No, you weren't reading me correctly. Perhaps I too > often use satirical remarks that aren't properly > marked up to indicate satire. I think the notion that > children must skip over mastering arithmetic, so they > have more time for "deep thought", is silly. > > Cheers, > Joe N > I agree with you that children should NOT skip mastering arithmetic (and other skills) to givethem more time for deep thought.
Apart from arithmetic skills, there are a great many other needed characteristics that children should imbibe (at home and at school). For instance, each child does need to learn simple things like learning to put away  NEATLY!  the tools he/she has been working with, so that the next person wishing to use them is able to do so effectively.
As I understand, the 'Montessori system' is one of the few schooling aproaches that inculcates all these as 'social and personal habits' in the learner  along with very good skills in language, numbers, arithmetic and so on.
GSC
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