On Jun 16, 2014, at 6:07 PM, kirby urner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> It's just in math class there seems to have been a century-long conspiracy to drain it of as much appreciative content as possible and make all heads down drill and kill. No history, no bios, no art, no dots connecting. Just linear plodding from topic to topic, supposedly intrinsically fun.
Just to be clear, it isn?t my position that the curriculum should be drained of all appreciative content. However, I should point out that these subjects must be intrinsically fun for students to go anywhere with them. That is as close to a natural definition of finding your muse in school as I can come up with. That is the difference between a student that takes a subject and never does anything with it versus a student that goes on and takes more of the subject and does something with it. The latter student finds it intrinsically fun. Students should get exposure and have choices but as we advance in school, the classes should be taught to students that find the subject intrinsically fun and taught in that manner. It was only after politics entered the picture that it became standard procedure to fill classes with students that did not find these subjects intrinsically fun. This had a detrimental effect on the intrinsic fun-ness and efficacy of the curriculums.
Math isn?t the only subject that can be intrinsically fun to a student. The number of students that find math intrinsically fun doesn?t appear to be much different than the number of students that find any other subject intrinsically fun. In other words, as many students that find math intrinsically fun seem to find music intrinsically fun, or writing, or history, or shop, or programming, or art, etc. etc. etc.
The reason these curriculums look wrong and have become what they are is that they are pretending to teach the subject to students that don?t find the subject intrinsically fun. Math is no different than any other subject and there is not a precedent or reason that supports the premise that it should be intrinsically fun to more students than any other subject.