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Topic: Why Drills - NOT Calculators; Ideology and the real, concrete, world.
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Victor Steinbok

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Registered: 12/3/04
Your child and NCTM
Posted: Nov 13, 1999 2:59 PM
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While a can only sympathize with your child, my question is, "What
does NCTM have to do with your child?" Your subject line implies a
direct relation between what NCTM does and what goes on in your
child's classroom. Unfortunately, this link is tenuous at best.
Ultimately, the responsibility to teach lies with each teacher and the
responsibility to make children want to learn with each parent. NCTM
or any other organization cannot do that.

Despite claims by most curricular programs, textbook publishers and
local department heads and superintendants, there are very few
programs that in any way comply even with the original NCTM standards.
Most of these programs likely were in compliance even before the idea
of the standards existed. Why? Because we are producing thousands of
badly trained semi-professionals and call them "teachers". The better
teachers will always find a way to reach the children, no matter what
the institutional control is. The rest will produce worksheets and
teach to the standardized tests.

At the same time, the term "word problems" has been used so much in
derogatory manner that I would like to see exactly what YOU mean by
word problems that your child has been doing in the classroom. The
traditional word problems will indeed make paint peel by itself out of
boredom. But what has recently been referred to as "word problems" is
not always the nonsense of this kind and, occasionally, they are what
kids should be learning. Would you please post some sapmles.




Date Subject Author
12/22/98
Read Why Drills - NOT Calculators; Ideology and the real, concrete, world.
Jack Jersawitz
12/22/98
Read Why Drills - NOT Calculators; Ideology and the real, concrete, world.
Steve Jystad
12/22/98
Read Ideology
Jack Jersawitz
12/23/98
Read ideology
Tad Watanabe
12/25/98
Read Ideology in place of brain
Jack Jersawitz
1/3/99
Read Ideology in place of brain
Tad Watanabe
1/5/99
Read Wrong again Tad
Jack Jersawitz
1/8/99
Read Oh no, wrong again?
Tad Watanabe
1/8/99
Read Oh no, wrong again?
Tad Watanabe
8/27/99
Read Oh no, wrong again!
Marcie
8/28/99
Read Thinking is material
Jack Jersawitz
8/28/99
Read Good old advice you can sink your teeth into...
Newton Leibniz
9/10/99
Read Thank You!
Marcie
11/13/99
Read My child and NCTM
Anna Ling
11/13/99
Read re. Your child and NCTM
Geoff Hagopian
11/13/99
Read Mother
Anna Ling
11/13/99
Read Your child and NCTM
Victor Steinbok
11/13/99
Read Mother
Anna Ling
12/7/99
Read word problems and mothers
Victor Steinbok
11/14/99
Read What program Anna?
Newton Liebniz
11/14/99
Read Mathematically Correct letter
Geoff Hagopian
11/15/99
Read Mathematically (in)Correct Letter
Stewart H. Temper
11/16/99
Read Response to Stewart
Newton Liebniz
11/15/99
Read Mathematically (in)Correct Letter
Stewart H. Temper
11/22/99
Read figured it out
Anna Ling
11/18/99
Read More thoughts re early math ed
Kirby Urner
11/18/99
Read The chicken or the egg
Jack Jersawitz
11/18/99
Read The chicken or the egg
Jack Jersawitz
11/18/99
Read The chicken or the egg
Jack Jersawitz
11/18/99
Read Moving beyond Set Theory in favor of Objects and Events
Kirby Urner
11/18/99
Read Re mistakes, plus short book review
Kirby Urner
11/21/99
Read A dangerous fellow
Jack Jersawitz

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