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Why Homeschooling is Becoming Hipster

HomeschoolEducator Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:05 PM
OD - you made the statement earlier that, "Absent the very complex mathematics, I have explained the core elements of the above to an eighth grader of average intelligence" As a professor of mathematics and physics, you should understand that a sample size of 1 is not sufficient for scientific "proof" of anything.
OBAMA-DRAMA Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:09 PM
I have done so more than once but not with a child below 8th grade. I have a unique ability to teach very complex principles... outside the complex supporting mathematics... to anyone of average intelligence and do so with good comprehension on their part. The mathematics is the challenging part which require high aptitude to comprehend. Such is not teachable to those lacking a very high level of intellect. It is challenging enough for those that do.
eddie again Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:13 PM
am i the only one who recognizes total balderdash and buffoonery when it is expressed?
HomeschoolEducator Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:14 PM
So, you have a unique ability to teach very complex principles outside of the supporting mathematics. Based on your assertions, would it not be possible for others (particularly homeschooling parents) to have a similar ability? For instance, during my freshman year in college, I tutored 5 students in a calculus course without ever having taken the course itself. Simply put, I explained the theoretical concepts in everyday situations. I do the same thing in both the high school economics/business/finance courses that I teach, as well as the college-level programming and networking courses. I would not be so quick to accept the ability to make complex principles understandable as being "unique".
JustMC Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:17 PM
oh no, he's plenty full of it.
OBAMA-DRAMA Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:20 PM
Lacking a thorough knowledge of advanced differential calculus and linear equations no one should attempt teaching these disciplines.
JustMC Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:28 PM
LOL, so what? They aren't being taught in K-12. Almost nobody in high school even TAKES physics, and high-school physics has long been taught well without as well as with calculus.

As for the advanced knowledge of "linear equations" for high-schoolers, you have me laughing out loud.
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