My son-in-law is a school board member. He is adamant that given the choice between math books and football helmets, he will always opt for math books. I agree. He takes a lot of heat for his stand. I hope to see him re-elected.
On the other side, when teachers ask for more money, I ask: "if I doubled your pay, would student grades improve?" Silence.
On the third hand, would any of us common sense geniuses spend time tutoring students? I doubt that I would conform to the "approved" curriculum, opting instead for practical applications and challenging the student to solve real problems. The Navy did it this way when I learned mathematics to understand electronics.
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Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~
Theory & Practice-
Theory is when you know something but it doesn't work.
Practice is when something works but you don't know why.
It it dangerous to combine Theory & Practice;
nothing works and you don't know why.