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The logician, the mathematician, the physicist, and the engineer

The logician, the mathematician, the physicist, and the engineer. “Look at this mathematician,” said the logician. “He observes that the first ninety-nine numbers are less than hundred and infers hence, by what he calls induction, that all numbers are less … Continue reading

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On mathematics

Mathematics is regarded as a demonstrative science. Yet this is only one of its aspects. Finished mathematics presented in a finished form appears as purely demonstrative, consisting of proofs only. Yet mathematics in the making resembles any other human knowledge … Continue reading

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Unreal and Useless Problems

We had previously talked about problem with contexts given in mathematics problems. This is not new, Thorndike in 1926 made similar observations. Unreal and Useless Problems In a previous chapter it was shown that about half of the verbal problems … Continue reading

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School as a manufacturing process

Over most of this century, school has been conceived as a manufacturing process in which raw materials (youngsters) are operated upon by the educational process (machinery), some for a longer period than others, and turned into finished products. Youngsters learn … Continue reading

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Thomas Kuhn on the role of textbooks in science education

The single most striking feature of this [science] education is that, to an extent wholly unknown in other fields, it is conducted entirely through textbooks. Typically, undergraduate and graduate students of chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, or biology acquire the substance … Continue reading

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On not learning or con in the context

We will, we will, fail you by testing what you do not know… We live in a rather strange world. Or is it that we assume the world to be non-strange in a normative way, but the descriptive world has … Continue reading

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The Textbook League

I came across this site while reading an article, there are interesting reviews of textbooks used in schools. And some of these reviews are gory, splitting out the blood and guts of the textbooks and their inaneness. Hopefully, many people … Continue reading

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Uberization of Education

An Uberized education is when… An Uberized education is when – as in antiquity – one goes to a specific teacher to get lectures, bypassing the university. The students and the teachers are thus matched. If a piece of paper … Continue reading

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Implicit cognition in the visual mode

Images become iconified, with the image representing an object or phenomena, but this happens by enculturation rather by training. An example to elaborate this notion is the painting Treachery of Images by Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte. The painting is also … Continue reading

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The True Purpose Of Graphic Display – J. W. Tukey

John Wilder Tukey, one of the greatest Statistician of the last century points to what the purpose of a graphic display should be:  Graphics are for the qualitative/descriptive – conceivably the semi quantitative – never for the carefully quantitative (tables … Continue reading

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