[ExI] roboburgers to go

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 26 18:01:01 UTC 2013

On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> I am open to suggestion from anyone here on teaching my mathematically
> talented 7 yr old.  He is performing actual algebra and geometry in the
> second grade, no fooling.  His entire top row on his Khan Academy board is
> dark blue, 134 skills mastered and nearly a hundred more level 1s and 2s.
> I have him doing Blender and Excel macros.  ****
> ** **
> Question please, what does a father teach a son today, assuming access to
> the collective  wisdom of years represented by this group?****
> ** **
> Anders, Kelly, Eugen, Keith, anyone else especially fathers, what do we do
> now, coach?****
until (and unless) humans radically depart from our nature in the next 10
years (doubtful) I'd say those skills you could give your son are the
social skills classically at odds with the math nerd stereotype of which
you are indubitably proud.

If he is capable of overcoming the schism of boys vs girls in school (to
the point of making (and keeping) genuine friendships with people because
of who they are / how they think) then he'll have those skills about 20
years ahead of his peers.

I guess if you must frame the "problem" using maths, you could teach him
statistics and try to develop some behavior modeling of the usual
Meyers-Briggs personality types.  [I know your interests in certain
'models' - I'm confident he'll grow to appreciate the same.]   I'm
confident the awareness/understanding of group/team dynamics will be very
useful regardless of (or because of) future stressors on those groups.

Ok, you got me.  I have no idea how to really teach that.
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