On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 3:27 PM, Joe Niederberger <email@example.com>wrote:
> >Where would your rank this athletic-mental sport, Japanese style mental > arithmetic contests where the inputs go by so fast you might think it's an > American debating tournament? Is a prodigy in this arena "more than" (>) or > "less than" (<) a violin prodigy? Who's to say, right? > > Frankly I see no relevance to anything I said. But, can we throw spelling > bees in the mix? > > Cheers, > Joe N >
As I was saying, I see "prodigies" everywhere. They deviate from the norm. Two sigmas or whatever. We needn't link "CS friendly" to just meeting the needs of these special ed cases, though I'm happy to recruit from many ranges.
The reason we don't need to "teach calculus to five year olds" (a perennial theme, makes little hearts go pitter pat) is five-year-olds have more pressing business to attend to at that tender age.
(out of fairness to Maria, she's an integrationist like me, and just happens to pick up on the public hype around calculus, more power to her)
I'm tired of seeing all good ideas for improving high school math derailed by romantics who want to pander to little Johnny and his privileged little darling peers.
Funds get diverted and before you know it, only the high property tax area schools have anything remotely CS-enabled, even though Oregon presumably doesn't play favorites in that way (anymore -- how the game is rigged used to be more blatantly obvious).