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Topic: Re: 5th grade activity
Replies: 1   Last Post: Apr 19, 1995 11:45 PM

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Linda Coutts

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Re: 5th grade activity
Posted: Apr 19, 1995 11:45 PM
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> This is worrying. It means that somehow we (meaning the collective
> community of everyone who has taught K-16 mathematics in this country
> since, say, 1880) have managed to communicate that mathematics is extremely
> narrow. It also means that those of us in the trenches feel pressure to
> justify what is done in school mathematics by that narrow definition. How
> can we get out of this bind?
> ====================================
> Judy Roitman, Mathematics Department
> Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66049
> =====================================


I also would like to know how to get out of this bind. Trying to change
curriculum and instructional practices is difficult when the population,
although full of college degrees, has 1900's view of mathematics. The
other day my dentist was complaining about the practices in schools now a
day. Well, he'd given me a shot of novicane and I guess I had had all I
could take with non productive critisim. He started out saying, "Back
when I was in school" ..... you can all fill in the remainder of the

I sat up and said, "Clark, are you using the same dental practices that
were previlent when you were a student with me? In the past eight years
that you have been my dentist, I have seen dramatic changes in your
practices. You wouldn't have been discussing a rather common surgery to
save my teeth, forty years ago. Well, educational research has been as
busy as dental research over the last forty years. And to be honest, I
would be very upset if you weren't keep current with dental research and
using your expertise in applying those practices. I feel the same about
what we have learned about how children learn. Our children are NOT us
and they are not only living in today's world but also the world of
tomorrow." I then shut up and he filled my tooth, told me to set up
another appointment to do a full mouth x-ray.


Linda Coutts e-mail address:
Coordinator Elementary Mathematics
Columbia Public Schools Voice: (314) 886-2233
1206 E. Walnut St FAX: (314) 886-2078
Columbia, MO 65201

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