More thoughts about Maths (and Grammar and Science) from Nebby – please click on her links to other articles, they are very interesting 🙂

Letters from Nebby

Dear Reader,

Have you seen any of the many articles coming out lately on algebra and whether our kids really need to learn it? It started with a New York Times op-ed by Andrew Hacker saying that it was not necessary for most of to learn higher math (algebra and beyond). Of course this set off a storm of counter-articles and counter-counter-articles.

Hacker’s basic argument is two-fold: 1) algebra is too hard and leads otherwise decent students to drop out or underachieve and 2) most of us don’t need those kinds of math skills. The main counter argument (see this Washington Post article by Daniel Willingham) seems to be that even if the specific skills aren’t used, higher math is still valuable for how they teach people to reason and think. Willingham contends that “the mathematics learned in school, even if seldom applied directly, makes students better able to learn new…

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Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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