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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Munchkin Man: [QB] [QUOTE]Originally posted by glassman: [qb] a fundamentally complete understanding of theory leads to mastery of the art... [/qb][/QUOTE]_____ Greetings Mr. Glassman: The Munchkin Man respectfully disagrees with your statement above. Understanding the theory which underlies a given mathematical process does not guarantee the attainment of a satisfactory level of skill or proficiency in the execution of that process. One liberal mathematics education professor once told the Munchkin Man: "Just teach the kids the 'gist' of it and they'll be okay." It doesn't work that way. The vast majority of the kids will not be okay. Understanding the theory behind a given mathematical process is fine and dandy as far as it goes. But it's not enough. Students need to learn and master the sequential steps which are self-contained within that mathematical process. For the vast majority of students, the successful achievement of this goal requires drill and practice, more drill and practice, and even more drill and practice. As Walter Cronkite used to say: "And that's the way it is." Best Wishes, Munchkin Man [/QB][/QUOTE]
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