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comment Community wiki: really?
I wrote this post to encourage thought on how softness is determined, indeed. However, I think the answer "you know it when you see it" permits a continuing bias against accessible and therefore pedagogical questions.
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comment Community wiki: really?
I am saying that I don't think that popularity/accessibility is a fair justification to (directly or indirectly) identify soft questions, so I plead the fifth.
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comment Community wiki: really?
I note that, of the high vote questions - all are accessible (everyone can have an opinion - and many answers are expressed). math.stackexchange.com/questions?sort=votes That's exactly why they have high votes, but not all are marked as soft. My feeling is that, of those questions, pedagogy questions are more likely to be marked as soft.
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comment Community wiki: really?
"everyone can have an opinion" does not imply that "there is no correct answer".
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comment Community wiki: really?
Please note: I didn't say dishonest.
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comment My sister absolutely refuses to learn math
I really don't think this is a good idea. By initially refusing to help, you are expressing a negative attitude that will only make it more difficult to offer help later. Although you accurately contrast the difficulty of struggling through material and flowing through material depending on a thorough understanding, an inexperienced teenager will easily believe the first case is normal and the second case is inaccessible to them (especially if they are not getting help to see that it is accessible).
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comment My sister absolutely refuses to learn math
@OldPro ... I mentioned that I didn't like learning from videos, right? But, I do now accept that there's one school district using Khan academy in a positive, innovative way that supports learning.
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comment My sister absolutely refuses to learn math
@IttayWeiss I like $\frac{\sin x}{n} = 6$ better. It's important for your niece to wonder that because it's part of her learning process. You can't have full understanding of trig functions without properly considering that.
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comment My sister absolutely refuses to learn math
@OldPro Yes exactly: individualised feedback is the transformational improvement, not video lectures. At the moment, nobody providing video lectures is providing additional individualised feedback: and perhaps the opposite.
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comment Why is $n$ divided by $n$ equal to $1$?
Division is normally viewed as the inverse of multiplication, e.g. introduction at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Division_%28mathematics%29: if you believe 1*n=n it follows that n/n=1
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comment Why is $n$ divided by $n$ equal to $1$?
Can you give more detail of what you mean by 'higher math' please? This answer doesn't give the motivation for defining it that way... and it doesn't cover the case where n=0
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comment My sister absolutely refuses to learn math
Video is not an optimal way to learn, because you don't get any individualised feedback on the areas you actually need help with. (This is why there is a sense of *long and boring*ness)
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