concrete vs. abstract thinking

arithmetic vs. math

dyslexia vs. dyscalculia

details vs. big picture

to pay attention or not

messiness: sin or salvation?

eye contact and connection

social norms vs. people skills

left vs. right brain



Arithmetic vs. Math—There is a Difference, But, We Conflate the Two

What is the punishment for being bad at arithmetic? Being denied the beauties of math. But that need not be so. Calculators can replace number skill. It is time to stop telling children who can’t add, subtract, divide or multiply well, that they are “bad at math.” We don’t know that. All we know for sure is that telling people they are bad at math because they have trouble calculating prevents anyone from finding out whether some of the number-challenged among us might be talented at higher mathematics.