On Jan 2, 2014, at 12:36 AM, GS Chandy <email@example.com> wrote:
> Have you (RH) ever thought that the philosophy underlying your 'pedagogy of mathematics' - namely, that "Children must be PUSHED to learn math!" - is extremely shaky? That it is based on a complete and total misunderstanding of how human beings (and in particular, children) 'learn??
No, it isn?t shaky at all.
My theories are always based on observation and reality. How things are, not how I want things to be.
Only after I understand why things are what they are, can I then make a determination as to if they can be changed.
I made that very clear when I first joined this forum.
I am a realist through and through.
Asking ?why?? first, before ?what if??, will always yield better results.
Never asking ?why?? and only asking ?what if?" will yield no results.
People the world over literally push their children through school.
Because children do not like school.
I would have more chance of convincing the Irish to call themselves ?English? than you would have changing the nature of children.