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Topic: Perils of Modern Math Education
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Domenico Rosa

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Perils of Modern Math Education
Posted: Jun 20, 2007 8:35 AM
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The entire article is at:

http://www.pims.math.ca/pi/issue3/page03-04.pdf
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Perils of Modern Math Education
by Stuart Wachowicz

"Pride in craftsmanship obligates the mathemati-
cians of one generation to dispose of the unfinished
business of their predecessors."
-E.T. Bell, The Last Problem

The above statement most accurately describes the
legacy of one generation of mathematicians to the next.
However, on might be tempted to ponder whether this
will continue to be possible in North America. The dis-
cipline of mathematics, as we have known it, is clearly
under threat. The threat is a consequence of allowing curriculum writers to change the centuries-old definition of mathematics and what needs to be learned based on utilitarianism, combined with the current practice of allowing unproven fads to influence pedagogy.
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