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Message #3 Posted by lbintz4 on 9 Dec 2013, 3:03 p.m.,
in response to message #2 by Chris Pem10
You know that is exactly it; I actually fear the Texas Instruments/education admin standardization process has taken the soul completely out of science/math education in the US.
Where is their room for human curiosity when math/science is akin to fueling your car at the gas station? Follow directions, place answers on sheet repeat.. Really? In other words rather than teach the core concepts and then force the kids to take that concept and apply ( with whatever intuition, calculator or program makes sense to them, it has become Army basic training, open, punch buttons, close, move to next topic; sort of like living in a Module ii program!
In case you think I am being overly harsh, consider this example. My son always had a predilection for math and science and luckily went through an excellent EAP program in his elementary years (and I did what I could to feed his interest). He learned mostly on his own in middle and high school and is just completing his first quarter at Caltech in Pasedena this year. Caltech requires a rigorous series of five problems/four hour long honor code placement tests AFTER acceptance in Math, Chemistry, & Physics. A few students actually test out of few of the core classes; he managed to easily test out of all of them.
How is that possible? Why is he so different in current understanding compared to his peers? Well for example when he was 15 and a sophomore in high school he was in AP Calculus A/B & I was concerned that it would be a bit boring for him as over the summer to amuse himself he had already studied and worked through the core principles of integrals and differentiation, so while riding in the car I asked him,
"Hey, have they given you any extra credit problems to work on so you aren't bored?"
"no, they don't have any to speak of"
" So what are you doing to entertain yourself during class, help others when asked?"
" Well sometimes, but, I am working through the appendix in the back, it is on "Calculus by proof". You know Daddy, that's how they teach it at Caltech"
So besides my surprise at this young looking fifteen year old talking about teaching himself proof based Calculus, it struck a nerve, how many other kids are out there on the edge of diving into meat of science and technology yet are being marginalized by this standardized methodology of rinse and repeat? I would argue quite a few as even those prepared for a Caltech like university experience are as a group, basically on unfamiliar ground when it comes to thinking in a logical yet intuitive fashion, this is in my opinion a harsh reflection on the general state of modern education.