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[QUOTE]Originally posted by bdgee: [QB] I don't have a problem with authority, you do. I don't need someone to tell me what to do or what to think, you do. And then you have the gall to dictate that I should become another toady to ritual. Worse, that I should accept a toady to ritual teaching children to obey first and foremost. I do not believe in this world or the nexr or the ones after that, you will ever develope the discipline needed to learn mathematics. It is a very rare ability. I do not doubt that you have a much deeper talent for memorization than I would ever permit, but, that isn't learning. Stick with arithmetic. Your 9th grade science teacher was full of it. Such a restricted view of scholarshipt is an indication of the inability to see beyond what is spoon fed and there can't be anything intellectually in the spoon that isn't stale or nearly so. You can't create new ideas following orders. Finding your pleasure in following orders points to a serious personality flaw. Certainly there are situations where "conformity" is of value, like driving on the right side of the road (assuming you are in North America.....bad idea in England), but intellectual pursuits is not one of those situations. Teaching is a task to be aimed at the intellectual development of students, with the subject matter mearly a path to that goal. Arithmetic is a tool, nothing more. Arithhmatic proficiency is desirable, but it is not necessary and may, when taught for the teacher's comfort, be detrimental to the intellectual development of the student. The object is not to turn out a finished product, but one that isn't turned off by the need to develop new and challenging uses of the subject matter when thaat arises later in life......one that can confidently learn as the need appears. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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