The Educational Crisis in America part II

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Education in America

Education in America is in a state of emergency.

The 1988 Democrat presidential candidate Michael Dukakis said that the awful state of education in America was at the heart of the America’s crisis at that time. To paraphrase another source…Al Qaida itself would be hard pressed to carry out the long term and unrelenting demoralization and destruction of American minds and spirits that takes place in schools and schoolyards in the United States on a daily basis.
Private education?
The way it is now?
So we can turn out an even greater number of button-downed and Ivy-educated Hedge Funders?
Whatever the answer is, we better do it now.
Maybe an early diet of critical thinking starting at age 5 or 6 with an equal emphasis on left- and right-brain development.
Let us offer effective training in mathematics for everyone, even if it means we drop homecoming and pep rallies – or at least fund these activities with extracurricular donations.
How about a required philosophy class for high school seniors to keep us from turning into robots.
Basically, what we’re talking about here is getting back to a core curriculum of readin’, writin’ and arithmetic. Oh yeah…and thinking. Social skills? How about teaching grade school kids how to work together by giving them actual work to do.
All of them.
That way we they can learn and perfect techniques of problem solving, hone various technical skills and learn the kind of cooperation that is essential to any well-oiled business endeavor.
If we have to call in Indians or Japanese or Germans to help us achieve this goal than so be it and let us count ourselves lucky to have such good teachers.
Let the football stars find their own way to gridiron glory after school and on a volunteer basis. Their parents can pay for it all out of their own pockets should they so desire.
On site tutors as well as traditional teachers; a “hub ‘n spoke” system with computer hardware and live teachers housed in regional center with online access to same.

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An Interesting Tutorial on Teaching Mathematics

Math “rules” in the modern world.

This new digital world is based on mathematics…a particular branch called Boolean Algebra… and it may be something that dwarfs all other human endeavors in its usefulness as a survival tool.

The teaching and learning of math is no longer something for the select and well-educated few. As world industry and the day-to-day functioning of the average person become increasingly dependent on the work of software engineers and other professionals whose output is logic- and math based, it is time to view the learning of mathematics as something as necessary as toilet training and the rudiments of socialization for young children.

By focusing on the particular kind of reasoning that lies at the heart of mathematics – mathematical reasoning – this fascinating tutorial frames math in an interesting and logical way.

Enjoy the simple mathematical puzzles that are included in this presentation. There is also some excellent advice on math instruction and the principles of mathematics learning…

Read more at:
http://www.mathematicslearning.org/pdfs/MathReasoning09.pdf

 

 

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