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Topic: A Quote from Polya
Replies: 8   Last Post: Sep 10, 2012 11:57 AM

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Roberta M. Eisenberg

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Re: A Quote from Polya
Posted: Sep 7, 2012 9:38 PM
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Polya has many helpful problem solving strategies that are well worth learning and teaching. They can apply to any type of problem even those not mathematical.

I had hoped that the quote might be a positive way to start the year.

Bobbi E

On Sep 7, 2012, at 12:02 PM, Bob wrote:

> It?s a nice thought.
> But what if a student finishes high school without even the most basic math knowledge, or just doesn?t finish.
> Those teenagers are dumped into an unforgiving workplace with little hope. Polya has nothing for them, nor, apparently, do we.
> From: [] On Behalf Of Roberta M. Eisenberg
> Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 10:41 AM
> To:;;;
> Subject: A Quote from Polya
> FYI ? Some words of wisdom from the master problem solver. (Known for his famous book, How to Solve It.)
> Bobbi Eisenberg
> Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry ... . To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery. -George Polya, professor of mathematics (1887-1985)

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