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  •  Lots of questions. :-) (1+ / 0-)
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    zenobia

    I don't know if I can make a coherent answer to them all at the same time.

    Do I think that anyone can learn math?

    I believe that anyone who can follow a set of instructions and has a sense of fairness can learn math.  At least I've never met someone with those qualities that I couldn't teach.  [Note:  I have met people who refused to let me teach them.]

    I believe there is a connection between math, music and language acquistion:  all are about learning the language of the medium.  But that does not mean that some musicians can't bypass the language acquisition phase and produce good music. :-)

    A math block...or any kind of block...involves fear, in my opinion.  Fear of failure?  Fear of ridicule?  Fear of...?  But fear, nonetheless.  Overcoming fear is hard.  I know.  It's not necessarily something one person can teach another how to do.

    Left brain/right brain?  I trust science.  But more than that, I know from personal experience that I need to be in a different part of my brain to write prose than the one that allows me to write poems.  I can't really do a good job of one and a good job of the other at the same time.

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    by rserven on Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 04:02:40 PM PST

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    •  I am looking forward (1+ / 0-)
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      to the human trafficing series, i just rented a movie on it.  I think it's pretty horrific, and i'm amazed it still exists and how much of it there is.  I think it goes hand in hand with war and conflict.  I forget what exactly the label is but i know if you buy a carpet and it doesn't have a certain label it is very likely to be made by children.  But closer to home i understand migrant workers (taco bell) are kept under slave conditions.  
      Thanks for your responce, above i was one of those kids who finished thier work early and got bored,  I had a teacher that got very annoyed by my subsequent talking.  Anyways, i have this illness which caused me endless worrying, and thought i was losing my mental capacity untill i came to this site.  I didn't get a computer untill three years ago it opened up my world, and i credit this site for getting me off my kiester, and becoming involved with something larger than myself.   I have learned a lot here although i admit to clicking when things go over my head.  Thanks for bieng more approachable then some of the other heavyweight intelluctals on board its a pleasure to know you.  To often i've let myself be defined by fear of failure.  Fear is behind many things. Odd in certain ways i am fearless and others not so much.

      democracy is not a spectator sport...

      by zenobia on Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 05:05:32 PM PST

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