On Jul 5, 2014, at 8:41 PM, GS Chandy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> If it weren't for Robert Hansen (who has remained relentlessly superficial right along this thread), I'd strongly suggest that real answers would readily become available - and could be applied even nationwide! - through a couple of exercises to develop a few 'One Page Management System' (OPMS) models on the 'Mission' "To overcome the 'fear and loathing' that most students feel for math (or for 'math lessons' as Robert Hansen would have it) by the time they graduate from school". One needs to think a little deeper, into the 'heart of the system', so to speak. This cannot happen in the 'conventional prose' that we're using here.
Don?t we need to understand what the problem is first? Or at least the symptom?
1. What do we mean when we say ?Students don?t like math?? Doesn?t that mean that the students don?t like doing or studying math?
2. What kind of math and how much? Students seem to get along with arithmetic ok. At least as well as any other elementary aged subject.
3. What does it mean when a student does like math? Does it mean that after arithmetic the student wants to take algebra and then after algebra they want to take pre-calculus and then after pre-calculus they want to take calculus and so on.
Don?t we have to clarify what we mean by *liking math* and *not liking math*?
Or are we ok with *not liking math* just not ok with *fear and loathing math*?
In that case is it ok then to allow students to stop taking math at the *do not like* stage and before it gets to the *fear and loathing stage*?
How can we even begin to create a plan if we don?t define all of this stuff?
And what happens if during our definition stage we realize that what we are really saying is that we want all students to like math and take it all through school and then realize that this is not realistic and maybe even harmful if it makes more students fear and loathe math or if it makes math superficial and useless.
Do we make the plan anyways or do we change our goal?
How do we figure out what our goal should be using OPMS?
What exactly is the goal and how do we measure that it is happening?