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Albert Einstein once said "The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill." Do we expect simple problems? Is that all our neural pathways can handle based on our trained laziness and limited understanding of reasoning? Are we impatient with irresolution?

FTV: "When people fill their mind with 4 hours a day of, for example Two and a Half Men, no disrespect, it shapes the neural pathways in such a way that they expect simple problems... You expect sitcom-sized problems that wrap up in 22 minutes, 3 commercial breaks, and a laugh track... No problem worth solving is that simple... What problem have you solved, ever, that was worth solving where you knew all of the given information in advance, or you didn't have a surplus of information and you had to filter it out, or you didn't have insufficient information and had to go find some? I'm sure we all agree that no problem worth solving is like that." Many of us will retire in a world that our children will run. If we do bad things to them now regarding teaching them how to think and giving them "paint-by-numbers classwork," we are going to get it back three-fold and destroy our own future and well-being.

TED - Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover.html (11.5-minute video)


Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on May 15, 2010 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=200

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