Date: Oct 25, 2012 2:17 PM
Author: Paul A. Tanner III
Subject: Re: Why?
On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 5:02 AM, Robert Hansen <bob@rsccore.com> wrote:

>

> On Oct 24, 2012, at 11:47 AM, Paul Tanner <upprho@gmail.com> wrote:

>

> I suspect that you will show the same type of hostility to such ideas

> as these that make things so much easier and quicker for so many

> people, the same hostility I have received from so many in terms of

> making it easier and quicker to perform various skills.

>

>

> This is because your critics (including myself) don't view math as a

> collection of rote tricks to be taught "easier and quicker". Their view of

> teaching arithmetic involves a true sense of arithmetic being transferred

> from teacher to student. They view "pretending to teach algebra" as

> superficial and damaging to that sense. They know that without the sense,

> the student will be unable to apply any of it.

>

> You did mention struggling students and grades. I have tutored students in

> algebra before and had to pretend, but these were not students working on

> some math intensive degree. Algebra was a requirement and the last math

> class they would ever take in their life (maybe with a pretend statistics

> class as well). That does change things. By hook or by crook you try to get

> them through the course, so that they can go on with what they are really

> interested in.

>

> Is this what you are talking about?

>

My reply can be found here:

"Easier and quicker methods for algebra - rote tricks? (was Re: Why?)"

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2411516