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What do you think is the worst way to learn mathematics?

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**David****Member**- From: Bumpkinland
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In school.

Meaningless, meaningless, Everything is meaningless! - Ecclesiastes 1:2

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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By being taught by someone else.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**Olinguito****Member**- Registered: 2014-08-12
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By being taught by someone else in school.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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By being taught by someone else in school, who actually teaches things incorrectly.

Bob

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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**David****Member**- From: Bumpkinland
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I will go with bob.

Meaningless, meaningless, Everything is meaningless! - Ecclesiastes 1:2

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I was going to say the now defunct program to teach mathematics by osmosis. Back in the seventies a group of biophysicists all of which despised mathematics took 100 textbooks ( in mathematics of course ) and liquefied them in high speed blenders. I remember this because the company that employed me at the time made the blenders. They were really nice blenders. Anyway, they then immersed for 72 hours 100 students at the university in the gooey math liquid. 100 students that acted as the controls were given 5 dollars and sent to see The Godfather at the cinema of their choice. One week later the 200 students were given a test on the material. The students that had been immersed in the math goo scored significantly higher than the controls.

Sadly, it was later discovered that the blenders had done a poor job of liquefying the books and the pages had stuck to their exposed skin. The math goo immersed students just had to read the answers off their arms and the back of the neck of the guy in front of them.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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