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  •  Ignoring the personal insults you directed at me, (0+ / 0-)

    and focusing instead on the content of your comment: teaching the whole child in no way negates the need for content mastery of whatever subject one is teaching.

    What I said is that someone who is teaching math to fifth-graders should understand the math the fifth-graders are supposed to be learning. I am struggling to understand how you could interpret that to mean that they don't also need to understand whole child development. Great teachers are able to both walk and chew gum at the same time – to understand and nurture the children they teach, as well as to understand and transmit the content those children need to learn.

    And the standard under discussion isn't about algebra; it's about fractions. It doesn't require a doctorate or master's degree in math; it doesn't even require a bachelor's degree. I was a humanities major, and I teach middle school math. I'm confident that elementary school teachers can manage to understand and teach fifth-grade math without a math degree.

    "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

    by NWTerriD on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 02:05:37 PM PDT

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