Reading through it the thought that came to mind over and over was, “Finally.”
…the subject matter itself isn’t all that hard. What’s hard, virtually impossible, is beating it into the heads of youngsters who hate every step.
Indeed there is a gracious sufficiency of beating – and resistance – when teaching math.
But everyone already knows math!
In his article, Albert wrote:
If you never teach a stitch of math, in a mathematical culture your kids will learn heaps of it anyway. …learning math along the journey is a difficult thing to avoid.
You can’t not do math and exist. It’s like not breathing. Impossible.
We survived for a very long time without the written word. But we’ve never existed without math.
Early humans knew that to divide a chunk of meat between two people would yield too little:
He might not have have had the fancy way to write it – but he could learn how to write it in 8 weeks.
Can you teach all of K-12 math in 8 weeks?
The short answer – it depends on to whom. In Albert’s article, he’s teaching children. You can totally do this with kids. And cavemen, I suspect.
Grownups are a different story. Innumerate adults already have anxiety, anger or fear associated with math. There’s a whole lifetime of un-doing that would have to take place.
But once you undo this, then the 8 weeks would work.
The way I teach college classes is this: we’re going to spend 48 contact hours together – I’m going to wow you in ways you’ve never expected. When we’re done, you’ll be much calmer. You’ll be able to learn math much better, both on your own or in a classroom.
I don’t force learning. I don’t even require learning. I let it happen. It’s the closest I can get, in the classroom, to what Albert is saying.
Can you get closer to the 8-week method?
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