
Re: Perils of Modern Math Education
Posted:
Jun 20, 2007 2:53 PM


Excellent, Dom. Thanks,
Wayne
05:35 AM 6/20/2007, Domenico Rosa wrote: >The entire article is at: > >http://www.pims.math.ca/pi/issue3/page0304.pdf >================== > >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 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. >...

