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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Munchkin Man: [QB] [QUOTE]Originally posted by bdgee: [qb] He taught grammer to kids and refused to allow them to say anythig at all, just obey and be subserviant. Mathematicsis not a test of memory and endurance and data storaage. Mathematics is an art. [/qb][/QUOTE]_____ Dear Mr. Bdgee: The Munchkin Man has counted a total of three misspelled words alone in your brief statements quoted above. Perhaps, your command of the English language would have derived from benefit from being enrolled in one of the Munchkin Man's mathematics classes. When it comes to your philosophy and the Munchkin Man's philosophy in regard to what mathematics is and how it should be taught, you and the Munchkin Man not only come from different planets. You and the Munchkin Man come from different galaxies. You teach mathematics like the Democrats think. The Munchkin Man teaches mathematics like the Republicans think. The Munchkin Man can see a place for your approach in a graduate level college mathematics course. However, the class you teach in any college or university of intellectual integrity would almost be certain to have to be of an elective status, instead of one which focused upon conventional and mainstream mathematics. However, your approach would fall flat in an inner city middle school or junior high school setting where the Munchkin Man used to teach. Many public schools in a growing number of states are becoming dominated by the high stakes testing movement. Test scores in these states have become the "bottom line" for any given school's accountability and performance. This does not allow for a whole lot of room for the "art" you speak of. Mastering the state standards comes first. The Munchkin Man fully embraces the high stakes testing movement. This gives the Munchkin Man more proofreading projects with mathematics workbooks which are chock full of practice multiple-choice mathematics problems which were spawned by their state standards. Speaking of art, the Munchkin Man regards the writing and the construction of a multiple-choice mathematics problem as an art. Writing and composing a multiple-choice mathematics problem is like builiding a piece of sculpture. That's what it feels like to the Munchkin Man. The Munchkin Man also loves to proofread a poorly written and designed multiple-choice problem and reshape it completely from scratch until it is a magnificant work of art. So you see, Mr. Bdgee. The Munchkin Man really does see art in mathematics. You and the Munchkin Man see different types of art in mathematics. The Munchkin Man has spoken. Please think on these things. Best Wishes, Munchkin Man [/QB][/QUOTE]
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