Letters from John Dewey/Letters from Huck Finn
“Letters from John Dewey/Letters from Huck Finn” was my first book about math education. It is a collection of letters I wrote on two blogs—Edspresso, and Out in Left Field. The first set was written under the name John Dewey and describes my experience in a course on math teaching methods in ed school. The second set was written under the name Huck Finn and covers my experiences as a student teacher, and later as a substitute teacher. In both sets of letters, John Dewey and Huck Finn learn more than they bargained for.
The book presents not only the process by which one becomes a math teacher, but also the "groupthink" that pervades education schools and other forms of the education establishment. The prevailing mode of thought views drills, practice and the learning of procedures as "rote learning" and prevents true "understanding". If students "understand", then everything else follows, according to the so-called experts that both John Dewey and Huck Finn rebel against.