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Topic: Chapter 4--Everybody Counts
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Mary K. Hannigan

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Re: Chapter 4--Everybody Counts
Posted: Mar 22, 1995 1:57 PM
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These are just off-the-cuff comments, class starts soon so I'm in a hurry
and am not thinking too deeply.

>1. What happens to children's natural curiosity and enthusiasm for
>mathematics as they become socialized by school and society? Why?

They become too pressured to "make the grade." Pushy parents.
>2. Comment on the following statement: "Teachers teach only what is
>in the textbook and students learn only what will be on the test."

It's easy and as long as teachers are treated as assembly-line employees
and not professionals they will take the easy way out.

>3. What should be the principal goal of elementary school mathematics?

Enjoying learning.

> What should be the principal goal of secondary school mathematics?

Enjoying learning while preparing for the future (college or work).

Mary K. Hannigan VoiceNet 512-485-7219
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