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Comment author: SilasBarta 14 July 2010 12:53:42AM 2 points [-]

Over 99% of students learning math aren't going to be expected to contribute to cutting-edge proofs, so I don't regard this as a good reason not to use "plain English" methods.

In any case, a plain English understanding can allow you to bootstrap to a rigorous understanding, so more hardcore mathematicians should be able to overcome any problem introduced this way.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 14 July 2010 12:56:55AM 1 point [-]

I agree that this is likely often suboptimal when teaching math. The argument I was presenting was that this approach was not due to signaling. I'm not arguing that this is at all optimal.