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Re: Applied Math
Posted:
May 24, 1995 7:04 PM


>I am courious because I have not received any messages from the NCTM list >serve for a few day. To start some conversations I would like to now how >math teachers feel about the applied Math material from Cord. What group >of students is it being used with and how is it working. We are using it >at Norris High School and having good luck with it.
We've been running a pilot of sorts the past year with the Applied Math series from CORD. Another teacher has been doing it, and he says it's going OK. He does complain, however, that the kids don't have the basics to deal with it. My school is a pretty typical inner city LA school.
Therefore, next year we'll make it a three year course with students having to take a basic math course using the Saxon Algebra 1/2 books before they get into the CORE materials.
Ooops! I guess I mentionned a bad word... the "S" word. Books do work real well, the kids actually learn and remember the stuff. Applied Math is good in that it really addresses the schoolto work issue head on, without all the fuzzy and PC stuff we're seeing in some of the newer texts.
BTW, has anyone read "Class Action"? It's sets out a real blueprint on how we can actually implement meaningful standards and institute both student and teacher accountability, something which is totally lacking in American education.
Seems to me the NCTM standards don't have much to do with real standards. Every standard I've ever heard of means real objective criteria judged by standardized forms of assessment. And usually that means tests with real content that can be studied for. All I hear about lately is nonsense about portfolios which only show that a student once knew something some time ago.
So there :)
Dan Hart San Fernando H.S. LAUSD



