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October 23rd, 2015, 01:27 PM   #11
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"I hate for math ..."
Your personal opinion does not belong in the abstract.
You misquoted me. This is what I actually said:

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If hate for math were restricted to people who do not need it, then we could just say that math is not for everyone. But when even those who need it hate it, then we must look for systemic problems in how math is being taught.
Does everybody see how the letter “f” mysteriously disappeared from the first word?

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Ellipsis (...) is used in quotations to refer to sentences without having to write the full thing out. The sentence you state in full is exactly the sentence I was referring to. The sentence refers to your personal opinion
I know what ellipses are. I also know that the copy/paste feature of editors does not delete individual letters from inside a passage.

You misquoted me to make it appear that I am a math hater.
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October 28th, 2015, 05:13 PM   #12
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You might find this article interesting.
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October 30th, 2015, 02:58 AM   #13
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You misquoted me. This is what I actually said:

Does everybody see how the letter “f” mysteriously disappeared from the first word?
Ahhhhh... I understand now. This was completely unintentional. I apologise.
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Hi Grozny, I wanted to reply to your previous post on the other thread, but since the OP's original question was unrelated to you specifically, I wanted to write my response here.

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There would be reactionaries who would insist that everything was hunky-dory until I stuck my foot in the pot and stirred things up:
What's a reactionary?

Just for the record, I don't think everything is hunky-dory and I don't claim that there doesn't exist ways of improving existing education systems. The comments I made were objective criticisms for your article, take it or leave it.

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But the one thing they will NOT do is find a counter-example to my claim that the Law of Logs is original. The burden of proof is actually on them to find a counter-example to my claim of originality, not on me to read a lot of books looking for someone else who already thought of my idea. One counter-example would disprove my claim of originality, but a thousand examples of extant authors writing crap would just get me accused of cherry-picking.
I'm not concerned at all about whether your work is original... it probably is! My comment about providing a literature review is general advice for writing good scientific journal papers. Every journal paper requires a literature review to provide context for the work you present. Yours is missing one.

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The reactionaries would quote verbatim from the Education classes they took in college:

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For many of them, those endless and repetitive classes in the Education building were the ONLY classes they took in college - they never once darkened the door of the Mathematics building. Why bother? Their actual teaching method is to read the students' textbook one chapter ahead of the kids and then morph into a game show host when it comes time to explain the material.
I actually didn't learn any teaching techniques from existing books. The techniques me and my colleagues invented at the tuition centre I was working at were totally different from mainstream education by design because the students coming to us had already been failed by mainstream education. The reasons for students being failed by mainstream education were very diverse, ranging from personal problems and circumstances, poor teachers, little attention from educators, etc. Occasionally one of the reasons would be that the syllabus material would be poor, but this was not as common as the other reasons in my personal experience.

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And, when all else fails, the reactionaries would misquote me:

It is amazing how much the meaning of a sentence can be changed by removing the letter "f" in order to change "If" into "I."
I apologise for this, this was totally unintentional. I don't think you hate math and I have no personal beef with you.
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January 27th, 2016, 10:32 AM   #15
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How Math Can Be Taught Better

I propose teaching logarithms and specifically exponential decay differently.

Any comments from the high school teachers on this forum?
I have updated this paper with a geometric interpretation of the Law of Logs, which solves problems about the decay of radioisotopes.

Also, I eliminated the section advocating use of the Russian gunnery practice of dividing the circle into 6000 parts as I now have my own theory of the trigonometry of rational numbers:

Trigonometry of Rational Numbers
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