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#1 of 10 Old 07-09-2009, 02:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I searched and could not find any earlier discussion on the brilliant article by a mathematician. So I want to share Lockhart's Lament.
http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_03_08.html

From line one it rings so so true and reminds me of a story on similar lines in Teenage Liberation Handbook (iirc).

The Mathematical Association of America says, "It is, quite frankly, one of the best critiques of current K-12 mathematics education I have ever seen. Written by a first-class research mathematician who elected to devote his teaching career to K-!2 education."

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All this fussing and primping about which “topics” should be taught in what order, or the use
of this notation instead of that notation, or which make and model of calculator to use, for god’s
sake— it’s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic!
Wonderful! I copied it to my 'puter to read again. Thanks!
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Don't be daunted by the 25 page pdf. It is worth it! It will reaffirm your confidence in your child's natural ability to LOVE and LEARN math.

just bouncing (pun) with joy after reading this article!!!
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Before I click the link, is it an apology for constructivist math?
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Not related to constructivist math at all.

Merely the wrongness of math education.

I LOVE this. I wish everyone got it.

-Angela
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The article is not to do with constructivist math. SO this post is slightly OT...

Actually I didn't know what constructivist math was but I found this:

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In the basic constructivist view, conceptual understanding is best arrived at through discovery learning with real-life problems, is sufficient in itself for mathematical proficiency, and can be generated through teaching methods that appeal to children's natural curiosity.
I guess it depends on what level of math proficiency you are aiming for, but doesn't this approach sound sorely needed in today's classrooms.

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I guess it depends on what level of math proficiency you are aiming for, but doesn't this approach sound sorely needed in today's classrooms.
I think it's been tried, but without providing enough education and inspiration for the teachers who are the ones in the classroom trying to put it all together - so the idea ends up looking like a failure when it was actually just the implementation that was the failure. Maddening... - Lillian
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Mmm! Elegant, uplifting, and inspiring. Thank you for spreading it.

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I printed it out so I can read it. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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a friend emailed this to me recently- its quite intriguing. and inspiring.

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