THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
Primary teachers need intensive math training, not Higher Level Math ability
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I just don’t see why someone who teaches children up to the age of 12 should be able to “Express μ and σ in terms of a” where “real numbers a, 2a, 3a, 4a and 5a have mean μ and standard deviation σ.”
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Did you ever hear the mantra:
Those who can, do.
Those who can’t, teach.
Those who can’t teach, teach teaching.
Those who can’t teach teaching, go into politics.
Those who can’t succeed in politics, blog.
Ok, I made the last two lyrics up.
Anything on the topic of “teaching credentialing” that this fat old white guy injineer has read, has highlighted that this field doesn’t get the “best and brightest”.
So maybe insisting that “teachers” demonstrate some intellectual prowess or achievement is a way of getting the children exposed to excellence.
In a Karate Dojo, I’m told, the master usually instructs the beginners so that they get the best start possible.
If we could get the Gooferment out of “education”, maybe “the best and brightest” would be in “education”. How much would you pay for “an einstein” to teach you how to … write a blog?
ROFL, tongue in cheek, just about bloggers like us.
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