> I have been reading the recent discussions concerning "algebra vs > geometry" with great interest. However, contained within these > discussions, I have sensed some other conflicts: > - high school math education vs college math education > - isolated math courses vs an integrated math curriculum > - subject-based curriculum vs an integrated school curriculum
--- I'm editing a lot out --- >=20 > the primary issue of algebra vs geometry.=20
--- when was there a war between algebra and geometry? was it before or after the Franco-Prussian one? =20 I don't recall! ----
> =20 > By looking at algebra and geometry as separate fields of study, do we > create the same situation as considering math and science as distinct > disciplines? The division that we imply within these two intertwined > areas of mathematics tends to reinforce the artificial barrier that has > existed between algebra and geometry for many years. >=20
--- there's no barrier between algebra and geometry - I presume you mean between the teaching of these two subjects in some benighted places! --- =20 > As a high school teacher, I listen to students compare algebra to > geometry. Many like one better than the other. Although we may not see > this distinction in the subjects, if they do, then it=B9s real! >=20 > Do you feel that there is a need for: > - an integration of algebra and geometry into a single continuum? > - maintaining the study of algebra and geometry as separate courses?
--- Well, I've made my opinions plain! (I recognize that of course we are agreeing with each other, and have phrased my opinions as I did just for fun!)