
Re: where's the math? so? (was Re: 5th Grade Activity)
Posted:
Apr 19, 1995 7:56 PM


Cathy, I found your post very interesting, and quite stimulating. I am not at all sure I have the answer, but I have a couple gut level reactions. One, I do not think our students manipilate objects in space enough to develop spatial reasoning, flexagons does increase interest in this area. Second, I think we need to really look at what is important to teach. Is the algebra, geometry, algebra route really appropriate today? When will our students learn all the new math that has evolved since world war II? I think their future will require a lot more discrete math, and a lot less of the traditional curriculum. As fast as technology is changing, we need to quit teaching studetns for our future and start addressing theirs. I realize your question was not delving this deep, but it did stimulate me to think, thank you
Janet Smith

