I  am listening to a programme on the radio by Alex Bellos

extolling the virtues of teaching arithmetics as music.  I

always feel sad when teachers put competency over

comprehension.  Of course, at work, competency is king,

what matters is only whether you accomplish your tasks and

how quickly.  But when learning, comprehension should be

paramount, eventually it will lead to greater competency.

Yes, one can learn the times table by heart without any

understanding.  It takes a lot effort though and has

limited value.  Yet, if one is explained how numbers work,

the times table can be learned in 2 weeks, working 10

minutes a day.  And it is real fun!


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