Words on Wednesday – Good Pedagogy

Today’s quote is from Paul Lockhart’s A Mathematician’s Lament:

good pedagogy
So, let’s define terms first.

Pedagogy means the art, science, or profession of teaching.

Being efficient means an effective operation as measured by comparison of cost (as in energy, time, or money)

Economy in this context means a thrifty use of material resources.

With all those definitions it sounds like Mr. Lockhart concurs with John Holt who said, “There isn’t any known way to bulk educate; it’s all custom work.”

It’s so easy to become focused on being efficient even in our homeschools.

But what if that’s not the point?

Is it wrong to be efficient or economize?

Not necessarily. But those principles cannot be the foundation of our pedagogy.

Paul Lockhart was writing about mathematics specifically, but I obviously believe there’s a broader application.

Currently Reading

My stack hasn’t changed much. I’m keeping up with my slow reads and also working on depleting my stack.

Recently Finished

Since last week I’ve finished one:
Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece by Hugo Vickers. Alice was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and the mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She lived a fascinating life, witnessing first hand much history (Queen Victoria, WW1, WW2, etc.) This is a well written, information packed biography, the type with extensive footnotes (and each footnote could probably be an article or book on its own). Recommended if you like reading about the British royal family or history.

Recently Added

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone. Haven’t started it yet, though.

Current Read Aloud

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. This edition illustrated by Lauren Child jumped into our cart at the thrift store recently. None of us had read it before (although I vaguely remember a movie when I was a kid).

We’re enjoying the story but one of my daughters said, “You know, I don’t think I LIKE Pippi. But the story is funny.”

Kindle Titles That Caught My Eye

A Twaddle Free Education is $0.99. (Free with Kindle Unlimited.)

Love and Respect in the Family is $1.99 right now.

The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis is $1.99.

Today is Edith Wharton’s birthday. I found this Kindle edition of 14 of her novels for $1.99. I don’t know if the formatting is good or not, but it seems worth a shot. (The most important birthday on Jan 24 is, of course, my husband’s! But he hasn’t written any books…yet.)

What are you reading now?


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