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Re: [seul-edu] Looking for math curriculum
As an inner-city middle school teacher, I completely relate to Dave's point
of view. I managed to put nine computers in my classroom running linux with
donations and a few hundred dollars out of my pocket. In this first year, I
haven't done anything fantastic and revolutionary with them, but it is
something I can offer my kids beyond the routine, and on the whole my
classroom is the better for it. Using computers in a rather simplistic way
will still connect with a few kids who you might not reach otherwise. Not
worth spending tens of thousands on, but worth doing if you know how.
On Monday 14 May 2001 23:19, you wrote:
> I agree with each of your 7 points. However, I also believe that if we
> keep doing things the way we've been doing them, we'll keep getting the
> same results we've been getting. A computer is nothing more than a tool
> which should help us to approach the problem of motivating in a different
> way. Since the kids are raised on visual stimuli, using visual stimuli in
> the classroom is an avenue worth pursuing. Regarding pouring money into
> computer infrastructure, that's why I am pleased at the opportunity to show
> off what can be done for peanuts. My classroom network has become sort of a
> hobby and has probably cost me a few hundred dollars out of pocket.
> However, it hasn't cost the school a dime. I'm trying to set it up as a
> demonstraton project to show what can be done with Linux and surplus (free)
> Dave Prentice
> -----Original Message-----
> From: James Oden <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
> Date: Monday, May 14, 2001 8:25 PM
> Subject: Re: [seul-edu] Looking for math curriculum
> Where I am coming from is that there are several reasons various
> students do not excel in Mathematics, and lack of computer instruction
> is not one of them. Here are a few of those reasons:
> 1) The primary reason, IMHO, is that students see no use for
> mathematics in _their_ world.
> 2) No teacher has had the time to really reach the children
> in each's own individual way of learning.
> 3) Most students who do miserably in mathematics believe
> that the concepts are beyond them (in short they lack
> confidence in themselves to master this discipline).
> 4) They generally have a _very_ low self esteem. Though,
> related to three they are not the same thing.
> I see so many states pooring lots of money
> into computer infrastructure thinking that this will somehow prepare
> these students for job markets of the future, when, personally, I would
> rather see someone who has mastered Calculas, can express his/herself
> cogently in paper and verbally, and can think logically, than
> 10 certified in something dudes.
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Those who practice teaching do not for the most part succumb to cynicism or
indifference--the children are far too immediate and real for the teachers to
become callous--but, most of the school systems being what they are, can
teachers fail to come to suffer first despair and then deep resignation?
--Paul Goodman, Growing Up Absurd