Easy math– Yes, if you also believe in free lunch, free money, . . .

Making Math Lessons as Easy as 1, Pause, 2, Pause …

The reporter failed to inform the reader what this SingaporeMath is all about, except that they go slow, focusing on one number at a time. The study of math is all about understanding the concepts; mostly math is taught in a “mechanical” way: Teaching a kid to get the correct answer, as in standardized tests. It is akin to a Pavlovian response- you fling the “frisbee”, and the dog “catches” it, without fail each time. I wonder if the dog understands what is involved. As a grad student, I took advanced differential equations more than 30 years ago. I felt like that dog: I aced my tests, but often did not understand or relate to the steps I took to get to the so called “correct” answer.

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