Yesterday I was pointed to an essay, a lament, on primary school math education in the US, written by a K-12 math teacher, that I want to share. It is well-written and makes some good points about teaching, which activity puzzles me. It also contains some entertaining and interesting dialogues, a la Perry, Lakatos, Feyerabend and Berkeley.

Keith Devlin also has a couple of columns about conceptual understanding and why multiplication isn’t repeated addition: here, here, and here. [Edit: Duck points out that there is a good discussion of some of Devlin’s stuff at Good Math, Bad Math.]

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August 5, 2008 at 6:26 pm

DuckI was just reading about this! See the discussion here: http://scienceblogs.com/goodmath/2008/07/teaching_multiplication_is_it.php

October 16, 2009 at 1:57 am

Room 131 News » Teaching math- Are we doing it all wrong?[…] read this article on the topic of how we teach math in the U.S. It was quite enlightening (and long!) as to what […]