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Re: b u l l s h i t . i s t
« on: January 01, 2020, 11:19:36 am »
There are various writers at bullsh

While the writer, Sunil Singh, may be a little too optimistic for our tastes (and a father of children, no less!), he does have a few insights to offer as how one might find contentment through the study and understanding of mathematics, or, better still, contentment in the mere explorations of mathematics.

From Start Making Children Happy With Math:

Quote from: Sunil Singh
Currently, in the United States, there is a discussion going on that reflects the wrong direction mathematics is heading towards. It has to do with unnecessarily heated discussions as to where and when students should learn Algebra One. I believe Lockhart nailed it over a decade ago that these kind of discussions were analogous to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. But, this is what happens when mathematics is stripped of its free range exploration and organic purpose, put into cans and labeled something like Algebra One. Is this really where students will see unknowns for the first time? Is this really where they will contemplate algebraic thinking — during the hormonal years of being a teenager?

If mathematics is a language, then algebra surely must be the grammar, dictionary, thesaurus and Chicago Manual of Style of this cloaked and coded language. To treat it like some appendage, miraculously extricated from the rest of math, and shown to students like an artifact in a museum or a sad animal in a zoo cage, is — and I am being polite — completely disingenuous to how students should intersect algebra.

Algebra is woven into the tapestry of mathematics. To see all the patterning, colors and weaving requires that we build bridges of understanding and curiosity from arithmetic/number sense.

The path to algebraic thinking must be inclusive as possible. Everyone must arrive at the chasm that separates arithmetic from algebra. Everyone must believe and try to build this bridge together.

Is it just me, or do even the radicals sound a little too hopeful about the "human project"  ?

When I read someone's enthusiasm, when I detect a little too much optimism, I have this hostile reaction ... it's as though I am some kind of irritable monster.   I really have become quite the negative thinker.

All in all though, I do appreciate his defiant stance in defense of true education in spite of formal schooling.

This writer references Paul Lockhart’s A Mathematician’s Lament: How School Cheats Us Out Of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form
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