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Perri Nation's List: From Sage to Guide

    • "We teach numbers, then algebra, then calculus, then physics. Wrong!" exclaims the Massachusetts Institute of Technology mathematician, a pioneer in artificial intelligence. "Start with engineering, and from that abstract out physics, and from that abstract out ideas of calculus, and eventually separate off pure mathematics. So much better to have the first-grade kid or kindergarten kid doing engineering and leave it to the older ones to do pure mathematics than to do it the other way around."
    • starting with the concrete and solving hands-on, real-world problems is a great motivator.

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    • Teachers who once struggled for students' attention mainly against daydreams, passed notes, class clowns, and cross-aisle flirting now also face a formidable array of gadgets and digitized content.
    • "You have to work with the kind of brains we've got now," says Susan Blackmore, who holds a PhD in psychology from Oxford University

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