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June 2nd, 2015, 05:33 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: May 2015 From: Harwood Heights, Illinois Posts: 10 Thanks: 0  Thoughts on lockharts lament? + how do you study math? http://www.maa.org/external_archive/...artsLament.pdf It makes a very strong argument that the way math is taught today is terrible, and offers better ways to study math. Thoughts/opinions on this?? I'm changing the way I study now. Last edited by skipjack; June 3rd, 2015 at 08:41 PM. 
June 3rd, 2015, 03:01 PM  #2  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Quote:
Really? I hadn't noticed that, it looked like it was just information on how better to teach. Did I miss something? Last edited by skipjack; June 3rd, 2015 at 08:42 PM.  
June 3rd, 2015, 06:54 PM  #3 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,700 Thanks: 2682 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 
I think MMBt should read that article.

June 3rd, 2015, 08:19 PM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 2,001 Thanks: 132 Math Focus: Trigonometry 
After reading that, I remember my conversation with a student in a school where my teacher training during college took place. Student: "Why do you like math?" Me: "Because I think it is like gaming. When we meet a deadend, we can use different approach." Student: "You said it's like gaming? But why is it so hard?" Me: "A game isn't fun unless it is hard, isn't it? " 
June 3rd, 2015, 08:25 PM  #5 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,700 Thanks: 2682 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 
But maths isn't hard! It's lots of small, easy steps joined together that take you a million miles. The hard bit is knowing which steps to take so that the million miles you travel actually take you somewhere interesting or useful. But, as in real life, the way to get such knowledge is through the experience of trying it. 
June 3rd, 2015, 08:28 PM  #6 
Senior Member Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 2,001 Thanks: 132 Math Focus: Trigonometry 
Isn't gaming also like that?


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