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David L. Hanson

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Jamie Escalante Endorses Mathematically Correct Program
Posted: Jun 14, 1996 6:40 PM
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From Mathematically Correct:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - - JUNE 14, 1996

JAIME ESCALANTE ENDORSES MATHEMATICALLY CORRECT POSITION

Jaime Escalante, perhaps the best known mathematics educator in the
United States, has joined 23 University Mathematics Professors,
including two past presidents of the Mathematical Association of
America, multiple high school science and math teachers, many
scientists, and concerned parents in endorsing a significant proposal
to increase student achievement in mathematics.

This document, A Program for Raising the Level of Student Achievement
in Secondary School Mathematics, was written by Professor Frank
Allen, a former President of the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics (NCTM). It contains descriptions of

how to establish clear standards of what we expect students to
learn;

the learning situation in which these objective can be achieved;

the properties of an effective grading system;

the appropriate roles of teachers as expositors and students as
learners.

In the absence of alternative documents, the National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards have become a guide to
drastically altering mathematics education in the United States.
Many serious minded educators, mathematicians and parents are
concerned about these changes but have lacked a clear alternative to
the NCTM Standards.

Professor Allen's Proposal is designed as a specific statement of
alternatives to the NCTM Standards. The differences are both
intellectual and stylistic as the document is both concise and
clear.

In this context it is highly significant that Jaime Escalante would
choose to endorse Professor Allen's Proposal. Mr. Escalante entered
the public consciousness as a result of the hit movie Stand and
Deliver. This film chronicled his success in teaching top quality
mathematics to students at Garfield High School in Los Angeles.
Garfield is a school with high minority enrollment and, prior to Mr.
Escalante¦s arrival, a record of substandard performance in
mathematics. Against this background Mr. Escalante established one
of the strongest public high school math programs in the country with
a large number of students taking calculus and passing the Advanced
Placement Calculus exam, thereby earning college mathematics credit
while still in high school.

Mr. Escalante has been, and continues to be, highly critical of the
NCTM Standards. He is quoted by Charles Sykes in, "Why American
Children Feel Good about Themselves but Can't Read, Write, or Add,"
as saying, "Whoever wrote [the NCTM math standards] must be a
physical education teacher." Mr. Escalante's endorsement of
Professor Allen's Proposal is a significant acknowledgment of the
failure of the NCTM Standards and the need for clear alternatives.

A Program for Raising the Level of Student Achievement in Secondary
School Mathematics can be obtained from the 2+2=4, the
Mathematically Correct Homepage, at

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mathman/

This address also contains significant other information about recent
changes in mathematics education as well as information as to the way
in which others can endorse Professor Allen's Proposal.







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