Another request for clarification. What do you mean by "basic cluture." And, how do you know the "best" way is by solving word problems?
I also don't understand what you meant by "promotional goals." Who are you talking about? I really don't see anything wrong with students exploring interesting (for them) mathematics. That seems to be, at least, as good as solving a collection of word problems.
Tad Watanabe Towson State University Towson, Maryland
On Thu, 4 May 1995, Andrei TOOM wrote: > > I think that all this talk about fractals in middle school > serves promotional goals at the expence of best interests > of students. Look: we study fractals! Why not quantum mechanics ? > What students really need is basic culture, which is best > developed by solving word problems. > Andrei > > > >