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Re:to Dave, Jerry and the list
Posted:
Jun 28, 1997 10:38 AM


1) THIS LIST IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT AP CAL CULUS. 2) AP CALCULUS reform SHOULD NOT BE EQUATED WITH CALIFORNIA'S MATH REFORM. YES, far too many unprepared students are ACCEPTED by colleges and universities. THAT CAN NOT BE BLAMED ON HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS!! Besides the honors and AP classes that I teach, I have had my "fair share" of lower level math classes over the years. Do you (college profs) know how frustrating it is to have a student, who "refuses" to work, study, etc. and then be told by the PARENT "that's OK, he's been ACCEPTED TO XYZ college already  He'll catch up in college". Kid fails(or drops) math  college accepts said student ANYWAY! And I am NOT talking about poor, disadvantaged innercity kids!!! This list is supposed to be dedicated to a discussion of AP Calculus! NOT students who slide by with the minimum, NOT the problem of open enrollement, NOT the problems of "modern society"! Even the "worst" HS calculus student has got to be a better than average student or he/she never would/could have arrived at "college level" math while in high school! Could we return to a dialog about the new AP calc. curriculum? How do people feel about an AB "grade" included with the BC evaluation? Why are slope fields included in the BC curriculum, but not the AB? (Much of 1997 AB6 could have been analyzed using slope fields). What's the consensis on the new Acorn book? (I prefered the "list" to the new form). Dave, are you referring to this year's AB question where the graph of the derivative was given and the students had to analyze behavior of the function? That type of question has been used since (at least) 1985  AB6 so personally I don't consider it a "reform" question. The integral as the Area between the curve and the xaxis question was the only reform question. I believe your definition of Calc reform is right on target. For heaven sake, without algebraic manipulation a kid can't transform an equation into y = mx + b form so that it can be put in the calculator!!! The Solve Key can not be used unless an equation (with one unknown) can be "found" and then set to zero!!! Algebra can NEVER be eliminated. The reform movement has made the study of calculus (and teaching it) HARDER. IMHO! Martha Green



