Let us recall that Socrates was famous for setting up
straw men who usually agreed to every step of his proof and were finally
forced by logic, against their previous judgments, to accept his
conclusions. I would dearly love to see an unedited video of the Binary
lesson you cite. As a former teacher, I suspect there would be a lot more
"noise" of every variety than is communicated by the clear, short questions
and even shorter answers of this lesson.
To his credit, Bruno has definitely tried to supply
interesting situations to illustrate his points, but either they weren't
interesting enough or the problem was too complex to master no matter how
imaginative the presentation. I may never reach the seventh step but from
here, the mountain top looks magnificent with the sun rising behind it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mirek Dobsicek" <m.dobsi...@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:10 AM
Subject: Re: Learning binary numbers
thanks a lot for your reply. I was really interested in whether the
lesson would work with you.
I had the pleasure to teach the binary arithmetic to kids in summer
school camps, in the grammar school and to university students as well.
Some kids/students got it quite easily some did not. And then, recently,
I have read that socratic article. Since I really like and enjoy
teaching, I spent some time analyzing the article and one of the points
I realized is that there was always some sort of satisfaction and
accomplishment at each step taken. And you said you was missing these
feelings during the introduction to the set theory.
So if you have said that you got hooked-up to math by that socratic
method... Bruno would definitely took the hint in his seveth step serii.
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