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Jan Waclawek
07/28/05 10:01
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#98398 - It is not funny.
Responding to: Steve M. Taylor's previous message
OK I understand that was a joke (or comedy?), but - sometimes jokes are not funny.
I do have small children, too small to go to school but that will come soon. And I am afraid of it - not because I don't beleive they will handle it or I won't be able to keep up - but because the school will spoil them, make them hate learning.

This approach (new math, but it's also reading and writing etc. - there is too much experimenting in the schools and too little continuity) is absolutely violating the step-by-step method absolutely needed to teach everybody and everything.

I believe pupils don't need to be told absolutely everything and as deeply as possible, on the given matter - rather, they need a quick-n-dirty overview ("besides +-*/ there are other operations too, and if you encounter them, ask for more explanation"). They might need ready-made solutions to typical problems (see subtraction). And a place/person to ask and get answers. And when they master it - OK let's move on, explain, why is this algorithm for subtraction working - but that will take a couple of years more.

And - here comes the '51-relation - this might also apply here. I am thinking about it when a newbie is sent to study the "bible". There is a tutorial here, but it is quite lengthy, too. No two-page rough guide. No howto quickstart. Maybe the SBC is an opportunity for creating a more gradual approach?

And now we have OT^4... weekend approaching, and it's very hot here...

Jan Waclawek

List of 34 messages in thread
At least "old boys" follow the rules        Erik Malund      07/26/05 08:39      
I should know better      Craig Steiner      07/26/05 11:35      
   Publish the voting of this thread!      Charles Bannister      07/26/05 12:04      
      No      Craig Steiner      07/26/05 12:55      
         Off Topic - GOB        Phillip M Gallo      07/26/05 13:26      
            Well here we go      Craig Steiner      07/26/05 13:49      
               Thread Trap Door      Phillip M Gallo      07/26/05 14:00      
                  a letter from, perhaps,the chairman      Erik Malund      07/26/05 14:31      
                     nobel price?      Jan Waclawek      07/28/05 00:22      
                        because...      Benjamin Damet      07/28/05 03:35      
                        may memory may be failing me      Erik Malund      07/28/05 07:09      
                           found it      Erik Malund      07/28/05 09:33      
                        Well...      Steve M. Taylor      07/28/05 09:20      
                           Tom Lehrer      Craig Steiner      07/28/05 09:24      
                           It is not funny.      Jan Waclawek      07/28/05 10:01      
                              2 pages?      Craig Steiner      07/28/05 10:17      
                                 Actually      Steve M. Taylor      07/28/05 13:08      
                                 8052 elementary school      Jan Waclawek      07/29/05 01:50      
                                    14 C here      Steve M. Taylor      07/29/05 04:53      
                                       Better average in some way...      Jan Waclawek      07/29/05 05:59      
                                    re "school"      Erik Malund      07/29/05 06:21      
                              hot      Erik Malund      07/28/05 11:29      
                                 Two months ago      Craig Steiner      07/28/05 11:37      
               Anybody remember news2020? (rhetorical)      Dan Henry      07/27/05 18:10      
No need to complain...      Kai Klaas      07/30/05 05:25      
   Which people ?      Steve M. Taylor      07/30/05 06:43      
Example of Old Boy Club right here.      Charles Bannister      07/26/05 08:00      

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