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August 04, 2018

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Farnsworth M Muldoon

"Math(s) is hard" - Barbie

Maths is about confidence.

I think I may have identified the fundamental problem this headmistress has has.

WTP

The ban has been in place during Maths lessons at the £14,00-a-year girls’ school for the past three years, and applies to all age groups except for those in the sixth form.

I dunno. Which is harder, math(s) or proofreading? And not to kick this whole math/maths thing up again (ok, I lie) but if it's maths why is it "Maths is about confidence" and not "Maths are about confidence"? Or was that covered in the last donnybrook and my recollection is selectively poor and thus I'm just being a dick? Prolly the latter...but now to be a real d(evil's advocate)ick...In defense of the headmistress (heh) she does say (not that I'm totally buying it) that the girls are still learning the math(s) through participation. They just find the books themselves intimidating. Again, not that I'm buying that entirely but I could see where more dynamic involvement/participation and thus repetition training might actually work better. And not just for girls but for the more fidgety/active type boys as well. I would guess though that such an approach would require a much more highly skilled teacher along with a low teacher/student ratio. Which is something that I would expect if I was laying out over £14,00(0) a year to educate my kid. On a mass education scale, to acquire so many such skilled teachers would drive the price way up as the elasticity of that supply curve is likely rather steep.

Hal

. . . I could see where more dynamic involvement/participation and thus repetition training might actually work better. And not just for girls but for the more fidgety/active type boys as well.

Mental abacus.

The abacus system of mental calculation is a system where users mentally visualize an abacus to do calculations. No physical abacus is used; only the answers are written down. Calculations can be made at great speed in this way. For example, in the Flash Anzan event at the All Japan Soroban Championship, champion Takeo Sasano was able to add fifteen three-digit numbers in just 1.7 seconds.

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