> 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 > email@example.com > ===================================== >
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 sentence.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Coordinator Elementary Mathematics Columbia Public Schools Voice: (314) 886-2233 1206 E. Walnut St FAX: (314) 886-2078 Columbia, MO 65201 > > > > > >