Wow, talk about treating dandruff with decapitation!<quoted text>You must be a school teacher!
There are 4 steps to problem solving:
1. UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM
* Can you state the problem in your own words?
* What are you trying to find or do?
* What are the unknowns?
* What information do you obtain from the problem?
* What information, if any, is missing or not needed?
2. DEVISING A PLAN
The following list of strategies, although not exhaustive, is very useful.
* Look for a pattern.
* Examine related problems, and determine if the same technique can be applied.
* Examine a simpler or special case of the problem to gain insight into the solution of the original problem.
* Make a table.
* Make a diagram.
* Write an equation.
* Use guess and check.
* Work backward.
* Identify a subgoal.
3. CARRYING OUT THE PLAN
* Implement the strategy or strategies in step 2, and perform any necessary actions or computations.
* Check each step of the plan as you proceed. This may be intuitive checking or a formal proof of each step.
* Keep an accurate record of your work.
4. LOOKING BACK
* Check the results in the original problem.(In some cases this will require a proof.)
* Interpret the solution in terms of the original problem. Does your answer make sense? Is it reasonable?
* Determine whether there is another method of finding the solution.
* If possible, determine other related or more general problems for which the techniques will work.
Now, a competent teacher would involve the students and guide them to a resolution based on student input. A possible solution is having the children, accompanied by their parents, document the instances of doggie defacation and then post pictures of said doggie defacation throughout the neighborhood. The embarrasment of the owner seeing his and his dog's picture plastered throughout the neighborhood might convince him to change his/her ways.
There are several possible solutions to this problem that do not involve gub'ment intervention. For the teacher to decide on her/his own that it is a gub'mint problem sends the wrong message to the students. No wonder our educational system creates people who can't think for themselves.
R.I.P.: Daniel Pearl