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  •  I don't either, but we're at the opposite extreme (1+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens

    right now.  It's not that people get a HS diploma without knowing calculus that worries me. It's that it's fairly easy to get a HS diploma without having learned MUCH more elementary stuff than calculus, and not much in other areas either.

    There's nothing wrong with encouraging students, setting expectations and teaching math well.

    Silvio Levy

    •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens

      Can't disagree with this:

      There's nothing wrong with encouraging students, setting expectations and teaching math well.

      •  Absolutely not. (1+ / 0-)
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        Larsstephens

        Myself, I was reading fluently at three, and began writing stories around eight.

        But I am dyscalculic. I can understand (though I can't explain the understanding) some of the theories of algebra and of calculus, especially where it intersects with music and shape and I can see and hear it. So first grade pretty much taught me that I cannot do math, and when I do it it is a desperate, painful, horrendous struggle. A lot of any love for math went away when I hit the busywork of cranking out worksheet after worksheet of multiplication and long division problems; since the numbers would shift on me, while I understood the theory I could never be confident that a mistake hadn't happened somewhere along there. Because of course calculators were forbidden.

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