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  1. Mathletic
    10-16-2009 11:31 AM
    Mathletic
    Hey!, yes I'm the one who commented on Josh McDaniels

    there's 2 quick solutions that could be adapted not only by the US but by Canada as well. The first would be to teach kids how to read before they enter 1st grade, so by the age of 6. There's been numerous research in neuroscience starting with Pavlov and Chauchard last century showing that kids who learn how to read before the age of 6 do much much better than other kids at school. It makes anyone more apt to learn and makes the process much easier. Most people you know at school who never had to work to be good at school either learned to read before they entered school or were born late in the year.

    People entering school late in the year ... born in October, November or December ... are basically a year younger that those born in the first few months and the process of mylenization hasn't kicked in yet for them, so it makes the process of learning how to read much smoother.

    Also, the other needed change would be to bring back logic classes. In the old days people learned logic through Euclid's Elements. I can assure you that anyone who works at developing good logical methods from the definition, enonciation and reasoning will have a much better chance of learning well and quickly at school.

    This was what students went through in the old days with "classical colleges" and that was a much better way to learn than the new systems that really don't teach you a whole lot.

    Also, I think it would greatly helped if Mathematics and other sciences were more highly valued by our society. People think of Mathematics as something obsolete while it's truly not the case. There's been a great disinterest in sciences in favor of the "easier" subjects and that needs to change quickly because there are other places in this world like China that value hard work and will kick our butt in a short time.


    ... the other solution would be to implement better cheating methods for tests hehe
  2. Mike Emrick
    10-16-2009 10:59 AM
    Mike Emrick
    If you're the one who commented on Josh McDaniels and the mathlete lol...then I got a bone to pick with you. I noticed the other day Americans continue to trail in 8th and 4th grade in math testing, is there any solution that you can suggest to address these issues

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