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.