On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 4:32 PM, Robert Hansen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Jun 16, 2014, at 6:07 PM, kirby urner <email@example.com> wrote: > > > It's just in math class there seems to have been a century-long > conspiracy to drain it of as much appreciative content as possible and make > all heads down drill and kill. No history, no bios, no art, no dots > connecting. Just linear plodding from topic to topic, supposedly > intrinsically fun. > > Just to be clear, it isn?t my position that the curriculum should be > drained of all appreciative content. >
Good, so lets agree that it needs to be intrinsically fun at the end of the day.
It's just if it's all heads-down exercises, blinders on at all times, that's not really the whole of what math is.
You actually need that narrative glue, the associations among concepts. How does Mandelbrot relate to Bourbaki? Just askin'.
Just like in music you need to see how one tune alludes to another, by quoting it or echoing it or whatever. Movies: same thing. You build up what's called a "body of knowledge".
But STEM and especially the M part is super-duper compartmentalized, walled off, turned into a vocational torture chamber of exercises, a workout that goes on and on and on, but when will they tell you anything big picture?
They won't because they can't, they're just run-o-the-mill-math teachers. Not know-it-alls, not even especially well informed, just good at a few languages games (computational thinking), and able to make a buck.
Now not every teacher is like that, and I probably had way more than my share of good teachers, but the curricula are even worse. Why would I buy *any* of those silly books, is what I'd like to know. Or what if I want to use a more cut 'n paste approach?
That's what my rant was about: the poverty of the curriculum when it comes to recog.
Don't paint me as thinking math isn't fun.
I think it's fun, I'm good at it, got all the top awards in high school and BS like that, but that's just idle bragging and makes me sound like another stupid moron. Why did I go with DENSA instead of MENSA? To get away from nerds like that.
Anyway, just sayin', we don't disagree: STEM is a barrel of monkeys.