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...
I just read an interesting article from the OECD web page.
The article is analyzing research data from PISA tests and finds a really reasonable conclusion.
"Students who avoid making an effort to understand mathematics concepts may succeed in some school environments; but a lack of deep,critical and creative thinking may seriously penalise these students later in life when confronted with real, non-routine problems."