"Many parents in the United States assume that (math ability)
is just some kind of aptitude -
some kids have it, some kids don't . . .
The result is most of our kids (in the U.S.) don't do really
well in Math . . ."
- Daniel Koretz, professor of education at Harvar...
Becoming good at something most of the time requires support, instruction and encouragement from others. First of all, we need instruction from experts, and second, because we need encouragement in the beginning when practice is mostly about making mistakes and correcting them. Parents and teachers know this well and use positive reinforcement all the time (sometimes even too much).
I believe that there are key components, areas in the education system that are able to determine successful teaching, or at least significantly increase the likelihood of success. If we find these and improve them, teaching itself will have a chance to succeed. Based on my experience and some research, I believe that one of the key areas is the social value of the teaching professi...