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07/28/05 16:01
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#98398 - It is not funny.
Responding to: ???'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

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At least "old boys" follow the rules            01/01/70 00:00      
I should know better            01/01/70 00:00      
   Publish the voting of this thread!            01/01/70 00:00      
      No            01/01/70 00:00      
         Off Topic - GOB            01/01/70 00:00      
            Well here we go            01/01/70 00:00      
               Thread Trap Door            01/01/70 00:00      
                  a letter from, perhaps,the chairman            01/01/70 00:00      
                     nobel price?            01/01/70 00:00      
                        because...            01/01/70 00:00      
                        may memory may be failing me            01/01/70 00:00      
                           found it            01/01/70 00:00      
                        Well...            01/01/70 00:00      
                           Tom Lehrer            01/01/70 00:00      
                           It is not funny.            01/01/70 00:00      
                              2 pages?            01/01/70 00:00      
                                 Actually            01/01/70 00:00      
                                 8052 elementary school            01/01/70 00:00      
                                    14 C here            01/01/70 00:00      
                                       Better average in some way...            01/01/70 00:00      
                                    re "school"            01/01/70 00:00      
                              hot            01/01/70 00:00      
                                 Two months ago            01/01/70 00:00      
               Anybody remember news2020? (rhetorical)            01/01/70 00:00      
No need to complain...            01/01/70 00:00      
   Which people ?            01/01/70 00:00      
Example of Old Boy Club right here.            01/01/70 00:00      

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