Robert Hansen (RH) posted ( Dec 30, 2013 9:34 PM) - GSC's remarks interspersed:
> On Dec 29, 2013, at 12:53 PM, GS Chandy > <email@example.com> wrote: > > > QUESTION: Would your "book on mathematical > pedagogy" - if that happens to be the route you will > take - be based on the thesis (which you've made here > several times) that "Children must be PUSHED to learn > math"? > > It wouldn?t be a book on pedagogy if it didn?t > include human nature. And the point was that children > must be pushed to attain their best. > I must congratulate you on your profound 'understanding' of human nature. Would you be in a position to provide some authoritative references to back up this 'understanding' of yours? Other than Robert Hansen, John B. Watson, B.F. Skinner (and such quite thoroughly discredited 'Behaviorists'), can you provide a single credible authority to support your thesis about human motivation? 'Learning' is rather different from forcing animals to jump through hoops.
I believe somewhat differently:
Children (and others, except perhaps Robert Hansen) learn best when ENCOURAGED to do so. If such ENCOURAGEMENT is *effectively* done, then learners would learn how to PUSH themselves to overcome the many difficulties and barriers that all learners encounter. (There's a fair bit of evidence supporting the above). > > Your OPMS book I suppose will be a book of empty > pages for the reader to fill in? Or will it be a one > page book? > > Bob Hansen > You suppose wrong.
GSC ("Still Shoveling. Not PUSHING!! Not GOADING!!!")