Date: Sep 24, 2012 4:18 PM
Author: Haim
Subject: Re: Long Divison...Again
Joe Niederberger Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:58 AM

>And has anyone noticed the Google rankings of math teach

>lately? I used to simply type "math teach" into Google

>to get here. Now its nowhere to be found in several pages

>of Google results.

Joe,

I do not know why this is so, but let me share with you a thought that comes immediately to my mind.

I found Math-Teach, about ten years ago, because I was looking for discussions on math pedagogy. I can only think that many other people find Math-Teach because they are looking for the same thing.

I did not find such discussions here, or anywhere else. Possibly, other people have given up looking for such discussions and, therefore, have given up looking for Math-Teach.

This brings to mind "Haim's Challenge". Allow me to reprise. Some years ago, a few correspondents to Math-Teach complained bitterly that there was far too much discussion on the politics of education and far too little (hardly any) discussions on pedagogy. I pointed out that no such discussions had been occurring for a long time, if ever, here or anywhere else. I then hypothesized that such discussions do not exist because there is nothing to discuss.

In other words, I hypothesized that, in fact, we know everything there is to know about teaching mathematics, and that the real debate on education is about something else. For example, The Prime Directive.

I challenged this forum to prove me wrong by either

(a) pointing to any ongoing discussion on interesting open questions of pedagogy, or

(b) starting such a discussion, here.

So far, not one person has risen to the challenge.

Haim

No representation without taxation.

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