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Topic: Perils of Modern Math Education
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Bishop, Wayne

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Re: Perils of Modern Math Education
Posted: Jun 20, 2007 2:53 PM
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Excellent, Dom. Thanks,


05:35 AM 6/20/2007, Domenico Rosa wrote:
>The entire article is at:
>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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