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Oversimplifying with numbers

Posted on: March 4, 2017

I get what this tweet is trying to say: Do not let someone else’s non-constructive negativity get to you.

However, the illustration about losing $10 or 10 seconds is an illogical comparison. The issue is not the number, it is the value of what is lost.

The $10 might be the cost of a sentimental item, e.g., a cheap bracelet charm that is the only reminder of a lost loved one. The 10 seconds might have been a short tirade against your ability, race, or value system.

So try as you may, you might not be able to compartmentalise your emotions from your logic.

Many in the realm of schooling and education like to talk about holistic approaches, and yet they are guilty of separating feelings from fact.

We learn only what is meaningful or what we hold dear. These are often tied to emotions like great joy or sadness. Do not take my word: Read up on socio-emotional learning.

We should not muddle with numbers or create unnecessary silos. These oversimplify to the extent that they are not just unhelpful. They are harmful if we take them at face value, internalise them as values, and exhibit them as unquestioned behaviours. We owe it to our learners to be better than that.

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