Saturday, January 2, 2016

Favorite comments of '15, cont: Auntie Ann

On Confusing math with math education:

Auntie Ann said...
I always trip on the social aspects of asking fairly young children to tell other young children what they are doing wrong.

Kids don't have the experience to say things nicely, don't have the emotional maturity to take criticism the right way (it's not easy for adults either--no one likes having to sit with their boss for job evaluations!), nor do they have the security in themselves and their social position to be honest with someone either far above or far below them in the pecking order. It's a great opportunity, sanctioned by the teacher, to bully and be bullied.

Kids simply aren't mature enough to handle this.

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