Teaching Philosophy

The mathematician G. Polya observes that as educators we have been granted a unique opportunity which we must use wisely:

``Thus, a teacher of mathematics has a great opportunity. If he fills his allotted time with drilling his students in routine operations he kills their interest, hampers their intellectual development, and misuses his opportunity. But if he challenges the curiosity of his students by setting them problems proportionate to their knowledge, and helps them to solve their problems with stimulating questions, he may give them a taste for, and some means of independent thinking.''

G. Polya, How to Solve It, Princeton University Press, 1957.

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