Every Action Requires Sacrifice

By Adam J. Pearson The word ‘sacrifice’ often gives rise to powerful images and strong emotions when we hear it.  We think of Jesus sacrificing himself for the sins of humankind, or of lambs slaughtered as sacrifices to deities, or of the Aztec practice of human sacrifice.  On the more mundane level, we think of…

On the Power of Indirect Communication to Trigger Insights

By Adam J. Pearson In his writings, the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard laid great stress on the importance of what he called ‘indirect communication‘ for helping people to achieve realizations or epiphanies, those profound insights that change the whole way we see our lives, our worlds, and ourselves. Kierkegaard noted that people are often reluctant to…

Why It’s Important to Ask “Why?” in Math

By Adam J. Pearson Many math teachers fail to grasp the importance of ‘why’ questions from their students or simply choose not to engage them when they come up in their classes. For many students, this choice causes a great deal of frustration, confusion, and exasperation. Indeed, I very nearly almost failed introduction to linear…