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Response to Quackers (Original post)

Sat Feb 7, 2015, 01:30 PM

37. This is what comes of fetishizing form over substance.

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I have no problem with using visual representations, but that should have been specified in the statement of the problem, and since it wasn't, the answer should not have been marked "wrong."

A kid that young isn't going to understand that the answer wasn't really "wrong," but only "wrong" in a limited, context-specific way, because it was presented in a form not preferred in that situation. This response will confuse the child about what "wrong" means in math. Kids that young typically take things literally, so it is never a good idea to confuse them about the meanings of basic words like "correct" ("right" and "incorrect" (wrong".

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