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Topic: Perils of Modern Math Education
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Domenico Rosa

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

> 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 "long-division 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.

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