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Topic: alg/geo to calculus
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W Gary Martin

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Re: alg/geo to calculus
Posted: Feb 21, 1995 7:34 PM
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Judy Roitman sez:
>Let me be perfectly clear -- there *is* a place for calculus in the high
>school curriculum, for those students for whom it is naturally appropriate
>-- in a large school, surely enough for one or three classes. But not for
>*most* college bound students. The goal isn't to stop teaching calculus in
>high school, but to have more options, I might add for *all* students.

Thot: What is meant by "teaching calculus"? Certainly building ideas of
change and variation should be central in the HS math curriculum. Does this
mean doing a version of the university course which is (with advance
apologies to those to whom this does not apply) quite horrible? Yes, by all
means, let's introduce our students to calculus concepts at a meaningful,
intuitive level. (And, to echo Judy, this should be for *all* students.)
But why subject them to the mindless manipulations of MATH 1xx? They can do
that next year...


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