Robert Hansen posted Apr 28, 2014 6:22 PM (http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9450303) - GSC's remarks follow: > > On Apr 28, 2014, at 8:42 AM, GS Chandy > <email@example.com> wrote: > > > **The Robert Hansen 'educational philosophy': > > > > "Children must be PUSHED (or GOADED) to learn > math!" (and presumably everything else). > > This has never been my philosophy, and I am quite > certain that readers are aware of this. > > Bob Hansen > I for one would be only too happy if the above regressive, repressive and extremely dangerous view of (math/other) learning or teaching is not and "has never been" your 'educational philosophy'.
I do clearly recall your having firmly and unequivocally stated that children must be PUSHED (or even GOADED) to learn math. I'm sure other readers here would recall that as well.
When you came out with that astonishing statement I suggested that a 'healthier' philosophy of education would be as follows:
"Children should be ENCOURAGED to learn math (and everything else). If the ENCOURAGEMENT is effective, then the learners would learn how to PUSH or even GOAD themselves to overcome the numerous difficulties and barriers they will inevitably encounter while they learn math (or anything else)". [Words to this effect].
I do not recall your ever having agreed with this.
GSC ("Still Shoveling! Not PUSHING!! Not GOADING!!!")