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GS Chandy
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"The Making of a Mathematician"
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Aug 16, 2013 7:25 AM


An interesting couple of articles in the Scientific American:
"The Making of a Mathematician", by Ingrid Wickelgren http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streamsofconsciousness/2013/08/15/themakingofamathematicalmindonestepatatime/
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/streamsofconsciousness/2013/08/15/howtoteachlongdivisionthroughguideddiscovery/ I've not yet been to this article, but shall go there pretty soon.
Some notions at Mathteach that, I believe, run counter to the approach in the above two articles: +++++ '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!") +++++ 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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