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Re: SMSG (School Mathematics Study Group)
Posted:
Sep 25, 1998 9:45 AM


>I am looking for information on this subject, and I would appreciate >any reply.
The SMSG project of the 1960s was the secondary education version of the New Math.
http://classroom.siue.edu/educ501/bruner~1.html "Jerome S. Bruner (1915 ) taught at Harvard and the New School for Social Research, with his best known works being The Process of Education (1960), Toward a Theory of Instruction (1966), and Acts of Meaning (1990). The 1960 book set the stage for what came to be referred to as the "structure of the disciplines movement" that was America's educational response to the space success of the Soviet Union, who, on October 4th, 1957, placed the satellite, Sputnik, in Earth orbit and thus began the space age.
The reaction of the United States Congress was to pass the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) of 1978, which spent millions on mathematics and science education. Using this funding source and Bruner's writings professors in mathematics and the sciences rewrote the high school curriculum. This gave birth to "modern mathematics," the most famous version of which came from Yale and was know as SMSG mathematics (School Mathematics Study Group). Others that were developed included PSSC physics, BSCS biology, and CHEM chemistry. ..."
http://www.ams.org/government/viewscox.html "... What first attracted me to mathematics was the fact that I was aware from a fairly early age that I could do it. In the 8th grade in Louisiana in 19611962, our school tried an experimental curriculum (I think it was the SMSG [School Mathematics Study Group, also known as "New Math"]I remember yellow paperbacks), and it was a colossal failure. Of the whole class, only two kids (me and one other) had any idea what was going on. After a month, we went back to the more traditional stuff, but my teachers and I were aware that I could do interesting mathematics..."
http://www.ams.org/government/viewsherrington.html "... I entered mathematics because of a positive experience in mathematics at the junior high school level. I had the pleasure of having a teacher who believed in and successfully used the SMSG [School Mathematics Study Group] mathematics program..."
For more information, try using Altavista (http://altavista.digital.com/) to search for
SMSG "School Mathematics Study Group"
 and start browsing. Of course you could also search for "New Math" :) .
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 Sarah
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