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Topic:
What Makes Math Hard to Learn?
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Jun 18, 2008 9:58 AM



Robert Hazen
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What Makes Math Hard to Learn?
Posted:
Feb 28, 2008 8:54 AM



Hello to all our subscribers. There are over 700 of us on these lists.
I became one of the participants in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program when I joined their Give One Get One program. Their wiki is used to keep participants up to date on what is happening with OLPC around the world, and offers opportunities for educators to share and learn.
Today I came accross an article by Marvin Minsky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Minsky) entitled "What makes Mathematics hard to learn?" (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Marvin_Minsky#What_makes_Mathematics_hard_to_learn.3F ) He raises some very thought provoking comments in several key areas of math education/study.
I am suggesting that many of us here on the AMTNYS discussion lists should read the article and discuss some of the implications as they relate to NYS curriculum, and the ubiquitous testing that has permeated our schools. It might also be appropriate for some of the discussions, around what Minsky says about Algebra concepts, take place on Kate Nowak's Algebra Wiki that has been discussed within this forum. (http://nysalgebrareview.pbwiki.com/)
Just my 2 cents. Feel free to react, or ignore. ;o)
Bob Hazen AMTNYS Web Editor robertjhazen@verizon.net mysite.verizon.net/robertjhazen ****** "It's never too late to be what you might have been."  George Eliot ****** To see a world in a grain of sand; And a heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand; And eternity in an hour.  William Blake (from Auguries of Innocence, c.1800)



