Sunday, December 28, 2014

Favorite comments of '14, cont: Jaime H and Deirdre Mundy

On Common Core Math: Is it wrong to want to know which way is right?

Jaime H said...
This is my favorite quote from Professor W. Stephen Wilson

“There will always be people who believe that you do not understand mathematics if you cannot write a coherent essay about how you solved a problem, thus driving future STEM students away from mathematics at an early age. A fairness doctrine would require English language arts (ELA) students to write essays about the standard algorithms, thus also driving students away from ELA at an early age. The ability to communicate is NOT essential to understanding mathematics. There will always be people who think that you must be able to solve problems in multiple ways. This is probably similar to thinking that it is important to teach creativity in mathematics in elementary school, as if such a thing were possible. Forget creativity; the truly rare student is the one who can solve straightforward problems in a straightforward way.”

Deirdre Mundy said...
When I was young, teachers always said that math was a universal language--- you could sit down with someone from another country and do math together, even if you didn't speak each other's language.

How is math a universal language if you have to write an essay on every concept?

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