Friedrich August Von Hayek said,

'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.

He meant that by creating a false sense of emergency and panic, governments could convince people to give up some of their liberties. Most of these aren't real emergencies, but rather deliberate panic created by the government at the time.

Something very similar happens in education, particularly in math. In order to avoid properly learning a subject, students will create a sense of emergency. They say "Oh my gosh, I have a test tomorrow, can I just memorize the formulas for now, and then I'll learn it later." Of course, they don't actually learn it later. This cycle just repeats for every single quiz and test.

In that situation, parents and educators have two choices.

The first choice is to give in to the sense of urgency and use some temporary band aid. That may mean just having a student memorize some silly formula without understanding the principles or concepts. The result of that will be that, over time, the student will have less mastery and understanding. He will be stuck in the Memorize, Suffer through tests, and Forget everything Cycle. He will come to hate math, have no math confidence, and have low math ability. Is one quiz or test grade really worth that?

The other option is to simply refuse to give into that false panic. If needed, the student can simply take a few days off from school, or alternatively just do poorly on one quiz. Neither of those are a big deal, especially compared to the consequences of giving in to fake panic. Take whatever time is needed to build conceptual mastery. Even if that takes a week, or even a year, it's better than letting fake emergencies lead the student down a path of incompetence.

At Vohra Method, we don't cater to those fabricated panics. We don't let a child's lack of long-term thinking cloud our judgment. As adults, we know that the long-term in life usually matters more than the short-term, and in math, the long-term always matters more than the short term. No matter what the pretend "dire" situation is, we focus on long-term, permanent ability and excellence.

Each year, our students become valedictorians, award winners, and Ivy league admits. That is the result of focusing on long term success, and ignoring short term pretend panics.