Pearl S. Buck is one of my favorite authors. This Proud Heart is my favorite novel of hers, and I am currently reading The Eternal Wonder. The Eternal Wonder was written in the early 1960s, but then it was stolen and hidden by a former secretary and only recently recovered. I read the highlighted passage more than once when I got to it earlier this week.
Pearl Buck was before her time on so many issues:
It doesn’t surprise me that she alluded to The Slow Movement before it had a name.
What connection does “the slow approach” have to how we teach mathematics?
Suppose our destination is “I can write the equation of a circle in the coordinate plane given its center and radius”. If we tell students the connection between the equation, center, and radius, it will only take a few minutes.
But don’t we want our students to know more, see more, much more, before they reach the destination?
And so we choose the slow approach, hoping our students see, in order that our students might know the mathematics.
Buck, Pearl S. The Eternal Wonder: A Novel. New York: Open Road Integrated Media, 2013. 1564. Print.