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DLnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-11-09 08:16 PM
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10. " . . . adults using test scores to reward or punish other adults are doing
Edited on Sun Oct-11-09 08:17 PM by DLnyc
a disservice to the children they claim to be helping."

Exactly. I teach remedial math at a community college. The students I work with have never actually been taught arithmetic . . . they've been trained to do various tricks well enough to pass the next test -- and then those tricks are promptly forgotten.

Once someone takes the time to explain the concept they are able to grasp it quite readily (and are quite appreciative). Too bad they wasted a half a dozen or more years of math classes making test manufacturers richer and not really learning any math.

*edit to add quotation marks*
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  -A Math Paradox: The Widening Gap Between High School and College Math LWolf  Oct-11-09 05:47 PM   #0 
  - Math instruction in American public schools is ridiculously stupid, in my experience  anonymous171   Oct-11-09 05:59 PM   #1 
  - Actually, this article  LWolf   Oct-11-09 06:10 PM   #2 
  - Part of the problem is the "guesstimating" an answer to a  shraby   Oct-11-09 06:13 PM   #3 
  - To be honest,  LWolf   Oct-11-09 07:23 PM   #6 
  - The rationale arises from the use of calculators  jberryhill   Oct-11-09 08:13 PM   #9 
     - Mathematics and calculation are two separate things.  eppur_se_muova   Oct-12-09 11:32 AM   #17 
  - There was a math program back  SheilaT   Oct-11-09 06:30 PM   #4 
  - Ah, yes, the New Math, pushed by computer and DOD people  Warpy   Oct-11-09 06:58 PM   #5 
  - As someone who has tutored several students over last few years, I m concerned  truedelphi   Oct-11-09 07:34 PM   #7 
  - I've been a little shocked, myself,  LWolf   Oct-11-09 07:51 PM   #8 
     - Depends on the kid  jberryhill   Oct-11-09 08:17 PM   #11 
        - That is also true.  LWolf   Oct-12-09 06:59 AM   #13 
  - " . . . adults using test scores to reward or punish other adults are doing  DLnyc   Oct-11-09 08:16 PM   #10 
  - This reminds me of an incident that happened to me..  girl gone mad   Oct-11-09 09:26 PM   #12 
  - It's a common misconception  LWolf   Oct-12-09 07:08 AM   #14 
  - I'm going to take some of this out of context,  Trillo   Oct-12-09 09:43 AM   #15 
  - I suggest you read the article  LWolf   Oct-12-09 10:32 PM   #18 
  - 'Progress' and 'development' need to be evaluated holistically.  eppur_se_muova   Oct-12-09 11:28 AM   #16 
     - The key word you nailed that with is  LWolf   Oct-12-09 10:33 PM   #19 

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