More creativity, less education.
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Old 04-13-2017   #1
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Default More creativity, less education.

Looks like things are changing.

https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...for-uk-schools

Is the North American education system failing?

Every other week there is a new story about how people in developing countries are kicking butt in Match and Science.

I think we seriously need to work on creating innovators. Elon Musk can’t solve the world’s problems alone.

Yeah we have online services that encourage education like Math.com or StudyPug yada yada
but we need a change in our school systems.

More creativity should be encouraged or this trend will eventually be our downfall.

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Throughout history, creative individuals have been discouraged from using their special gifts. According to the link you provided, this includes today's Chinese math - maths in the British English dialect - instruction, where the entire class is buried in learning a simple concept until everyone in the class understands it. Indeed, the Chinese method means that everyone in the class learns no faster than the slowest learners in the class, which is not that great for the more proficient learners. It is unclear to me how the Chinese method encourages creativity any better than the British method. I would not be surprised to learn that the Chinese method and materials resemble those for the much-maligned No Child Left Behind and the Common Core programs here in the United States.

By the way, the commutative property for multiplication is provided as an example, which is a fancy way of saying that, when multiplying two numbers, you get the same result regardless of which number comes first, e.g., 39 x 27 = 27 x 39. Addition conforms to a similar rule, but subtraction and division do not.


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