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…..  This intimate relationship between learning and unlearning was first manifested to me when I became aware for the first time, 25 years ago, of my illiterate mother’s mathematics and knowledge.  This article is basically about comparing our two worlds: the world of my “illiterate” mother and the world of my “literate” self.  My fascination with this comparison has been a main inspiring element in my thinking and work for the past 25 years.  She continues to be an invincible treasure for me every time I find myself in a situation where I need to look at things from a radically different worldview.  It is a fascinating story about how learning and unlearning are intertwined as integral parts of growth and understanding.

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(thanks to Dougald Hine for tweeting this)