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Topic: follow-up, Chapter 2, Everybody Counts
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Eileen Abrahamson

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Re: follow-up, Chapter 2, Everybody Counts
Posted: Mar 18, 1995 12:34 AM
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> "Among the many subjects taught in school, mathematics is
>probably the most universal, depending least on a student's background
>and culture. As a result, mathematics education has, with few
>exceptions, been generally exempt from public controversy based on
>religious or social views.

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>Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225
>ronaward@henson.cc.wwu.edu


This is a most interesting statement to me because it is contrary to the
findings of staff in my building. As we improve the mathematics
curriculum, and teaching techniques we find ourselves under attack from a
specific socio-economic group of the population.

It is the lower socio-economic clientele that is most vocal about the need
for worksheets to return to the classroom. They are the most disturbed
about the changes in teaching strategies and are the least likely to attend
parent information nights to get a handle on what is happening.

I believe it is their lack of knowledge and understanding of mathematics
that makes them more critical of the changes in technique. It has always
puzzeled us as a staff that these people whom education has obviously
failed, most want to maintain the status quo.

Has anyone else noticed this phenomena?

Eileen

Eileen Abrahamson
0191enel@informns.k12.mn.us
Edw. Neill Elemetary
13409 Upton Ave. So.
Burnsville, MN 55337







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