In <firstname.lastname@example.org>, on 07/14/2006 at 07:22 AM, email@example.com (Daryl McCullough) said:
>He complains that high school mathematics teachers can't readily give >a clear answer to such questions as "what is a fraction?", "what is a >real number?", "what is a function?", "is a polynomial a kind of >function?". That's probably true, but what that reflects is lack of >consensus about the best *pedagogical* approach to explaining these >topics,
It also reflects the limitations of those deciding what should be taught, and the OP blithely disregards the fact that those controlling the curriculum are *NOT* mathematicians and blow away criticisms from mathematicians.
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