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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Munchkin Man: [QB] [QUOTE]Originally posted by glassman: [qb] hmmmm.. Munch, why do you say bdgee has a problem with authority? [/qb][/QUOTE]____________________ Well............ Whenever the Munchkin Man tries to discuss the virtues and advantages of memorizing and following a protocol of sequential steps in order to learn and master a given mathematics algorithm, Mr. Bdgee tends to go into a very angry rant by equating this approach with "following orders." He also peppers his diatribes with such phrases as: "mindless automatons" "fascist states" And many others. The Munchkin Man is surprised that he hasn't called the Munchkin Man a "Nazi" yet. It is this type of reaction which leads the Munchkin Man to the conclusion that Mr. Bdgee has a problem with authority. Try to learn how to solve a long division problem with pencil and paper without "following the orders" which are necessary to solve it. The Munchkin Man has never believed in the "Johnny will learn how to read when he is ready" approach to the teaching of reading. Likewise, there are mathematics teachers who have been brainwashed by their college professors into letting students "discover their own algorithms" instead of teaching them directly. The Munchkin Man has never believed in that either. The Munchkin Man has dedicated his life to opposing and fighting this philosophy of mathematics instruction. The good news is that there is a rising groundswell of support for the Munchkin Man's philosophy of teaching. Indeed, the pendulum is beginning to swing back into the "right" direction. Here are just a few of the organizations and their web sites that embrace and support the Munchkin Man's philosophy of teaching: Mathematically Correct: 2 + 2 = 4 http://www.mathematicallycorrect.com/ TeachMath.net http://www.teachmath.net/index.html?home=ContentPage.html#text NYC HOLD On Mathematics Education Reform http://www.nychold.com/ Association For Direct Instruction http://www.adihome.org/phpshop/members.php National Institute For Direct Instruction http://www.nifdi.org/ The Core Knowledge Foundation http://coreknowledge.org/CK/ By the way, Mr. William H. Bennett, who served as Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan, has made some tremendous contributions to the Core Knowledge Foundation. The Munchkin Man can go on and on. If you are willing to take the time to tour through these web sites, you will begin to understand the type of blood which runs through the Munchkin Man's veins. Unfortunately, Mr. Bdgee has already refused to take a look at any of the links the Munchkin Man has given him. This is his loss. Good luck to you. Best Wishes, Munchkin Man [/QB][/QUOTE]
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