Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Christmas Math World

Merry Christmas to all who follow this blog or stop by.   2013 will be a big year for New Math Done Right.  We will be releasing worksheet packages on e-readers and possibly through worksheet vendors that will bring the Counting … Continue reading

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Our need to focus on ourselves kills us in bank risk management too

Risk managers in banks have the same need for self focus as students.  They want social currency. A bank will buy the wrong financial derivative from Goldman Sachs because Goldman Sachs has the right social currency.  Thus setting up the … Continue reading

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Our need to always focus on ourselves kills us in math ed

Everything has to be about us, and math is not about us.  Thus in math ed, we either tell stories and pretend to teach or we teach drills so at least we can be active.   The actual explanations of the … Continue reading

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Words are good as long as they are a story about us?

In math ed, words about math are not good because to read and write them you really have to understand it.  Thus the horror at lengthy explanations in words. What we want is a story in words about us.  Which … Continue reading

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Do symbols and graphs let people pretend they understand?

Is the popularity of the symbolic in math ed that it lets everyone pretend something is understood?  We draw a graph and then we can move on as if the students understood everything that makes the graph work and convey … Continue reading

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Is intelligence about focusing away from the self?

Is intelligence the ability to realize that something is not about me?  The more one can focus on something as existing outside of my feelings and needs, the more intelligent I am? Problem solving is related to this?  Math structure … Continue reading

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Extending von Neumann construction to fractions

The von Neumann construction of natural numbers is a mechanic rule to create finite length symbols interpreted as natural numbers.  We use set membership to get ordinality and also the successor relation. To extend that thinking to fractions, we need … Continue reading

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