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Topic: Re: [ProgressiveMath] Re: {SPAM?} Re: Kamii's Articles on
Algorithms in Ar

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Kirby Urner

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Re: [ProgressiveMath] Re: {SPAM?} Re: Kamii's Articles on
Algorithms in Ar

Posted: Jul 15, 2009 2:13 PM
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<< SNIP >>

> So every time some idea is put on the table that
> proposes changing the status quo in math education,
> we have people squealing like stuck pigs that these
> new ideas have no "track record," and at the same
> time that using them on real kids in classrooms would
> be mad scientists run amok amongst our precious
> youth. Far better to stick with what we know works at
> best marginally well (for the enough of the "right"
> kids to preserve the status quo, of course).

I'd add that this squealing helps with marketing i.e.
it's fun for students sometimes, to have the grownups
doing the squirming in their chairs for a change. Put
another way, opposition and/or resistance is how we
get a leg up, per Hegel's dialectic etc. Those less
proficient at political philosophy think "dialectic"
refers to Marxism somehow, yet capitalism thrives on
the same dynamic. It's actually fun competing with the
various brands of luddite, a guilty pleasure sometimes
(the guilt comes from how easy it gets to be -- sometimes
we give the candy back to the baby). The other aspect
of competition is encouraging defectors, i.e. "why not
leave that hell hole of a silo and jump into ours
instead?" The die-hards might not, but we attract a lot
of fence sitters to our ranks, once the sense that we're


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