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Posted by Craig on 05:47:00 AM in Education
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Amen! The money line comes right at the end: "The education establishment may believe they are producing 'little mathematicians,' but the increased enrollments in remedial math courses in universities tell a different and disturbing story."
September 07, 2013 at 09:02 AM
In my undergrad stats class [in which I require very little 'real' math] too many of my students are 1) innumerate, 2) scared of numbers, or 3) "not good at math". Or some combination. I usually get all but a few to a decent understanding of multiple regression.
They can do it when guided properly, but most have been at least marginally crippled up to then by lousy math education that apparently teaches them that 1) math really can only be understood by a select few, 2)they're not among the select, 3) it doesn't matter much anyway since they'll never use math, 4) doing any math is painful, 5) they'll never get any better at math.
And I can usually spot which school system the student came from. Sheesh.
September 07, 2013 at 09:57 AM
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