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GS Chandy

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"The Making of a Mathematician"
Posted: Aug 16, 2013 7:25 AM
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An interesting couple of articles in the Scientific American:

"The Making of a Mathematician", by Ingrid Wickelgren
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streams-of-consciousness/2013/08/15/the-making-of-a-mathematical-mind-one-step-at-a-time/

I've not finished reading the article, but I felt I must send the link rightaway.

Here's another, also from SciAm:

"How to Teach Long Division through Guided Discovery" (same author)
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streams-of-consciousness/2013/08/15/how-to-teach-long-division-through-guided-discovery/
I've not yet been to this article, but shall go there pretty soon.

Some notions at Math-teach that, I believe, run counter to the approach in the above two articles:
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'Guided Discovery is the Work of the Devil!' (I don't know who might have said this, but someone MUST have).

- -- "Children must be PUSHED (not ENCOURAGED) to learn math!!!" (Robert Hansen) (And, for all I know - all other subjects as well)

- -- "PUT THE EDUCATION MAFIA IN JAIL!" (Haim, who is alas no longer with us these days)

- -- "BLOW UP THE SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION!" (Wayne Bishop)(a.k.a. "I'll Huff and I'll Puff - and I'll Blow Your House Down!")
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The Scientific American is undoubtedly a member of that infamous 'Education Mafia' and those 'Discovery Crooks' - and maybe it is even a school of education fuhgodsake!

GSC
("Still Shoveling! Not PUSHING!")


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