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Re: Chapter SixEverybody Counts
Posted:
Mar 30, 1995 9:12 PM


On Thu, 30 Mar 1995, Ronald A Ward wrote:
> > I am continuing the series, starting today on page 73, with the chapter > entitled "Change." > > 1. The author claims that "Only in mathematics is poor school > performance socially acceptable," and "Only in America do adults openly > proclaim their ignorance of mathematics as if it were some sort of merit > badge." Is either of these true in your experience and, if so, why?
Plenty of my Japanese friends will openly admit they are not good at math. So, it is not a unique phenomenon in the US.
> > 2. Do many parents in your school district seem to believe that the > mathematics they learned in school is adequate for their children? If > so, how do you think we can convince them otherwise? >
I think I mentioned this earlier, but, I do believe many parents say American education is in trouble... except the schools their kids attend to.
> 3. What "hidden agenda" is masked by public discussion about > mathematics education? >
Could you clarify this question?
> 4. What lessons can we learn from previous failures at curricular > reform? What is required from the public for effective change? >
Inadequate preparation/professional development of teachers will derail any reform attempt. I can see it happening with the Standards, too, unfortunately.
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