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Topic: [MATHEDU] Article by H.Wu
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M.J.Winter

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Re: [MATHEDU] Article by H.Wu
Posted: Sep 9, 1998 12:24 PM
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For those who had as much difficulty as I did in reading the article (the
department guru finally got Textures to work), here are Wu's 4
assumptions:
(i) the instructor is mathematically and pedagogically competent,
(ii) only 12 years are devoted to public school educations and 4 years to
college education,
(iii) after 12 years of school education students should be competent
enough to function as useful citizens in society, and after 4 years of
college students should be competent enough to start graduate work in ther
chosen disciplines, and
(iv) our education system continues to be one for the masses rather than
for a select few, so that each teacher or professor must teach _many_
students in each course.

At the end he states that
"a summary of the preceding discussion would
include the following among the strengths of lecturing:
(a) It allows the instructor to set the pace of the course. This is an
important consideration if the basic parameters of school and college
education as we know them are to remain intact. See assumptions (ii) and
(iii)
(b) It allows the instructor to share his insight into the subject with
students. If we still believe that education is the process of passing the
torch from generation to generation, this too is an important
consideration."

Another time, I'll write a more detailed reaction to the article. For now,
I'll just say that , in the large, I agree with him.
MJW



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