
Re: Chapter 4Everybody Counts
Posted:
Mar 23, 1995 2:17 PM


On Thu, 23 Mar 1995, Lawrence C. Lacher wrote:
> > In response to Tad Watanabe: > If an elementary student asks this, I believe it is easy enough to > convince him or her of the necessity of having basic math skills in > today's society.
I'm not so sure if it is so easy to convince elementary school students of this fact. I hate to go back to the calculator issue, but they may think basik math skills is not needed.
> > First, let me clarify. Although the courses are integrated, Course I is > still basically Algebra; Course II is still basically Geometry; and >Course III is still basically Algebra II/Trig. So in light of this, I >ask the question again: Isn't it more exciting (and meaningful) to take >a course called Geometry than Sequential Math Course II? Just as it is >more meaningful to take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics than it would be >to take, say, Science I, Science II, and Science III. I feel it is just >a matter of envoking enthusiasm for a courseand it is hard to get >enthusiastic about a course that has some bureaucratic title.
It sounds like a misimplementation of the goals, if Course I is "still basically Algebra" etc.
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