Search All of the Math Forum:
Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by
NCTM or The Math Forum.


Haim
Posts:
8,828
Registered:
12/6/04


Re: Long Divison...Again
Posted:
Sep 24, 2012 4:18 PM


Joe Niederberger Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:58 AM
>And has anyone noticed the Google rankings of math teach >lately? I used to simply type "math teach" into Google >to get here. Now its nowhere to be found in several pages >of Google results.
Joe, I do not know why this is so, but let me share with you a thought that comes immediately to my mind.
I found MathTeach, about ten years ago, because I was looking for discussions on math pedagogy. I can only think that many other people find MathTeach because they are looking for the same thing.
I did not find such discussions here, or anywhere else. Possibly, other people have given up looking for such discussions and, therefore, have given up looking for MathTeach.
This brings to mind "Haim's Challenge". Allow me to reprise. Some years ago, a few correspondents to MathTeach complained bitterly that there was far too much discussion on the politics of education and far too little (hardly any) discussions on pedagogy. I pointed out that no such discussions had been occurring for a long time, if ever, here or anywhere else. I then hypothesized that such discussions do not exist because there is nothing to discuss.
In other words, I hypothesized that, in fact, we know everything there is to know about teaching mathematics, and that the real debate on education is about something else. For example, The Prime Directive.
I challenged this forum to prove me wrong by either
(a) pointing to any ongoing discussion on interesting open questions of pedagogy, or
(b) starting such a discussion, here.
So far, not one person has risen to the challenge.
Haim No representation without taxation.
 End of Forwarded Message



