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Topic: [MATHEDU] Continuing the conversation
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[MATHEDU] Continuing the conversation
Posted: Jun 10, 1997 6:00 PM
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In response to David Olson's information that

> Another major conclusion was that the reason humanities teachers
> got higher ratings was that they performed better in several specific
> areas. To wit: more expressive, learn names, encourage and ask
> questions, show concern about student progress, show interest in
> student ideas,

Lou Talman writes, "This seems to equate good teaching with friendliness."

I would say that this conclusion seems to _associate_ good teaching with
friendliness, a finding that is difficult to contest absent evidence that
being unfriendly to students is instructionally advisable.

Lou Talman also observes, I believe accurately, that "regurgitation is
what students want to do." If many students are indeed mathematically
bulimic, their condition is likely a result of having been not merely
conditioned to spit back information they have been force-fed but, a
fortiori, handsomely _rewarded_ for keeping their gag reflex in good working
order. Students' desires are above all else reflections of their teachers'
practices. Lest anyone think that I am blaming or bashing K-12 educators,
please think again. Every pre-college teacher takes her or his last
mathematics course in college. The buck stops here....

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