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Topic: Re: Old Pedagogy
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 Karen Dee Michalowicz Posts: 215 Registered: 12/4/04
Re: Old Pedagogy
Posted: Jul 8, 1995 10:51 AM

>
> I enjoyed reading the pedagogy that was found in Coulburn's
> book. For those interested, such books are in the archives of
> the American University and the Library of Congress.
>
> I have an old mentor. Her name is Mary Everest Boole.
> I have written a biography of her which MAA will be publishing
> in a history volume edited by Ron Calinger. It should be in
> print soon.
>
> Anyway here are Mary's words on devising ones own formulaes
> (algorithms):
>
>
> Never let yourself get fixed ideas that numbers will not come
> right unless your sum is set or shaped in a
> particular way. Have a way in which
> you usually do a particular kind of sum, but do not let it haunt you...
>
> The applier of Mathematics...should be able, when occasion
> requires, to...invent
> a new formula for himself. He cannot begin to learn how to do
> this, straight away..;
> he should have had from the first, the habit of seeing
> through formulae and
> notations; of watching them coming into being, of helping to
> construct them .
>
> It should be understood from the first that no such thing
> exists as a right method of performing any operation in elementary mathematics;
> because all rightness,
> and I may add all mathematicalness, depends essentially on
> getting each operation
> performed by two methods; the first, a roundabout one, which
> represents and registers, the conscious action
> of the mind during the process ofdiscovery; the second
> a short method which condenses the roundabout one, assists
> in stowing its results away in the memory, and facilitates the using of them
> sub-consciously.
>
> ---
> I'll include next time some other advice of hers. Mary was
> born in l832 and died in l916. She was a brilliant woman. Her
> husband was George Boole the logician and her uncle was George
> Everest after whom Mt. Everest is named.
>
> I hope you will consider reading about her. In my humble
> opinion, she was one of the best pedagogist during the l9th
> century.
> --
>
> Cheers!
>
> Karen Dee
>
> Math History Lives!
>
> Karen Dee Michalowicz VQUEST Math Lead Teacher/Trainer
> Upper School Mathematics Chair Virginia Quality Education
> The Langley School in Sciences and Technology
> 1411 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA
> 22012 USA
> 703-356-1920(w) E-Mail: kmichalo@pen.k12.va.us
> Fax: (703) 790-9712 --or-- KarenDM@aol.com
>
>
>

--

Cheers!

Karen Dee

Math History Lives!

Karen Dee Michalowicz VQUEST Math Lead Teacher/Trainer
Upper School Mathematics Chair Virginia Quality Education
The Langley School in Sciences and Technology
1411 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA
22012 USA
703-356-1920(w) E-Mail: kmichalo@pen.k12.va.us
Fax: (703) 790-9712 --or-- KarenDM@aol.com