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#1 2010-08-25 14:21:52

irrational
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Registered: 2010-08-25
Posts: 6

Hello from New Zealand

I am here because I am an amateur maths teacher. I am 52, and my mission is to teach basic maths to a 55 y.o. who had never attended school. A challenge for both myself and the private tutor (who teaches maths at school to kids aged 12-18) hired by the pupil.

The 55 y.o. pupil is quite astute; in fact he owns over a million $ worth of real estate entirely purchased with his manual work... but he is unable (for now!) to understand the most basic maths, i.e. decimals, rounding or fractions (not to mention percentages). I wonder how many billions could he have made, had life provided him with a regular education!

At my university entrance 34 years ago, I had a 6 / 6 in maths, and I am determined to revive some of my knowledge with this challenging opportunity.

I hope we'll enjoy scratching our heads together!

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#2 2010-08-25 14:27:45

bobbym
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From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 93,994

Re: Hello from New Zealand

Hi irrational;

Welcome to the forum. Sounds like he doesn't need any more education. I have 55 bucks in the bank! My father was like that. Smartest person I have ever known and just a sixth grade education. I'm not implying education has no value, just that it isn't necessary when you are a genius.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#3 2010-08-25 15:19:43

irrational
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Registered: 2010-08-25
Posts: 6

Re: Hello from New Zealand

bobbym wrote:

I'm not implying education has no value, just that it isn't necessary when you are a genius.

If you are in the education business, shhhhh!

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#4 2010-08-25 15:23:43

bobbym
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From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 93,994

Re: Hello from New Zealand

Yes, sorry. Let me throw in a plug for the education business. For the great majority of people who are not geniuses it is the only way to go.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#5 2010-08-26 00:31:48

ganesh
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Registered: 2005-06-28
Posts: 16,466

Re: Hello from New Zealand

Hi irrational,

Welcome to the forum!


Character is who you are when no one is looking.

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#6 2010-08-30 20:04:09

kerryadelfred
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Registered: 2010-08-30
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

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#7 2010-08-30 20:14:54

bobbym
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From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 93,994

Re: Hello from New Zealand

Hi kerryadelfred;

Welcome to the forum!


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#8 2010-08-30 23:37:52

bob bundy
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Registered: 2010-06-20
Posts: 6,880

Re: Hello from New Zealand

hi kerryadelfred

Go to the help section, choose a suitable topic title for your post and ask your question.

Best wishes,

Bob


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

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#9 2010-08-31 00:29:49

ganesh
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Registered: 2005-06-28
Posts: 16,466

Re: Hello from New Zealand

Hi kerryadelfred,

Welcome to the forum!.


Character is who you are when no one is looking.

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