tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-27945613.post2358815447558187435..comments2015-10-28T17:26:58.076-06:00Comments on Alethiography: Some Thoughts on Math EducationTamhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18079829842465164437noreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-27945613.post-17046357972808932922012-06-25T02:33:30.854-06:002012-06-25T02:33:30.854-06:00I am very much pleased with the blog contents you ...I am very much pleased with the blog contents you have mentioned in "Some Thoughts on Math Education". I wanted to say thank you for this great article.Perth car hirehttp://www.rentmeacar.com.au/perth-car-rentalnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-27945613.post-88937731892579647752012-03-28T11:23:58.601-06:002012-03-28T11:23:58.601-06:00Most teachers go into elementary teaching because ...Most teachers go into elementary teaching because they want to work with kids, not because they love the subject matter and want to pass it on. MANY of them understand only one way to do various types of math problems (so all the other ways are "wrong"), or don't even know how to do much math, let alone teach it, or even actually fear and hate math.<br /><br />That spewing is based on my experiences in elementary education classes in a competitive school.<br /><br />A co-worker just yesterday told me that she had a math teacher who liked to assign homework before teaching the concept. On purpose. This was a deliberate strategy. Which she continued for at least five years after my co-worker's dad had yelled at her for teaching idiotically when her sister had had that teacher. Maybe she thought she was using the discovery method.<br /><br />Frankly, I'm for any kind of teaching that leads to students learning more about doing math than they learn about fearing or hating math.Debbie Mnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-27945613.post-76261255504078764032012-03-21T18:38:16.838-06:002012-03-21T18:38:16.838-06:00I think once you get past a lot of the strawman ve...I think once you get past a lot of the strawman versions of "rote" and "discovery-based" methods used by members of each camp to discredit the other camp, a lot of people do think that elements of both are desirable, and I think most would be thrilled beyond imagining by the kind of ideal universe you describe. Agreeing on the idea that we want people to be good at all kinds of math in all kinds of ways, and to enjoy it, is not a toughie. <br /><br />I suspect that the deficient students you see in their early college career have been less harmed (or held back or whatever) by the specific type of teaching philosophy their previous math teachers used than by other aspects of their math education history. For instance, elementary school teachers who are legitimately enthusiastic about and competent in math would be a nice starting point.Sallyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15376389949707679077noreply@blogger.com