Discussion:  Research Area 
Topic:  Mathematical maturity and lowerorder knowledge & skills 
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Subject:  RE: Mathematical maturity and lowerorder knowledge & skills 
Author:  che 
Date:  Feb 8 2005 
just couldn't resist.
Before I disagree, I must concurr witht the fact that students learn by pushing
the limits, as it were. I disagree with the fact that no one needs to learn how
to do long division, not becuase of synthetic division but rather becuase of
estimation. How else do students understand the value of ratios or fractions.
They have to understand how division works.
Now whether one employs long division or another technique, it doesn't matter.
But before one can get the big picture one must understand enough of the little
pieces.
Esteban
 
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