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Kirby Urner

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Re: New Post at RME: Memorizing vs. Rote Learning & Drilling: More
Posted: Apr 27, 2009 3:55 PM
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<< SNIP >>

> I would favor seeing what you point to (better yet,
> course packs with selections from multiple such trade
> books), but I imagine that many kids, parents, and
> the usual suspects will object. Why? No practice
> exercises and step by step worked examples, for one
> thing. However could anyone learn without those? And
> should these be provided in the pack? Still too
> radical, off the ranch, maverickish for
> traditionalists. All must be as it was for them back
> in the day. Anything else is simply not cricket.


Yes, my analysis as well, that it's simply not kosher,
even though a given teacher would have ample freedom to
use textbooks with exercises in the mix. Many a high
school lit course has an anchoring textbook with
"readings" into primary materials.

The same goes for why not show movies of course, like
knock off for a spell and hit the auditorium for a showing
of 'Beautiful Mind'? Then there's the twilight zone of
didactic YouTubes, where you develop a critical eye for
TV techniques (our native fluency, actually part of
school -- mind-boggling eh?).

So in my courses it'd be like 'In Code' and 'Cryptomonicon'
by Sarah Flannery and Stephenson respectively. We've
discussed both on this list. But I can think of a lot
more titles, such as by the authors aforementioned. Like
'Godel Escher Bach' for example, nicely included in this
Java applet puzzle, with which we'd start our day for
a warm up exercise:

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=6684506&tstart=0

Then for a textbook we'd use:

http://www.skylit.com/mathandpython.html

That's the plan anyway, once we're done with these pilots.

So here's another wide open question in pedagogy, around
why the mix of media? Why "dominatrix style textbooks
only" policies in math class (Prussian, Springer-Verlag),
hardly any cartoons? Seems anti-USA in conception. Glad
we're fighting back. Haim should admit we've opened a
can of worms he said didn't exist, but he likely won't,
whaddya wanna bet?

Kirby



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