
Re: Perils of Modern Math Education
Posted:
Jun 20, 2007 10:30 AM


> > ...However, on might be tempted to ponder whether > > this will continue to be possible in North America. > > The discipline of mathematics, as we have known it, > > is clearly under threat. The threat is a consequence > > of allowing curriculum writers to change the > > centuriesold definition of mathematics and what > > needs to be learned based on utilitarianism, > > combined with the current practice of allowing > > unproven fads to influence pedagogy. > > ... > > Dom, knowing what you know now, if you were a high > school teacher today, wouldn't you change the amount > of time you teach the "longdivision style" square > root algorithm and the amount of time you spend in > interpolation?
Richard, I was never taught the square root algorithm, and I have never taught interpolation.

