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Topic: Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education
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Re: Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education
Posted: Jun 29, 2009 10:08 PM
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Calculus is an interesting historical topic.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Hazen" <robertjhazen@verizon.net>
To: <nyscollmath@mathforum.org>
Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 9:53 PM
Subject: Re: Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education

> Jim,
> I don't know what kind of mind changer it might be. But it IS an
> interesting proposition. Similar to a proposal I heard at a science
> conference about not continuing to think of Physics as the ultimate goal,
> but rather (in this day and age) to consider Biology as the top level goal
> in science.
> But IF we consider placing probability and statistics at the top of the
> heap, where does Calculus actually fit? But maybe the question isn't about
> hierarchy but rather about integration and application.
> Bob Hazen
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "James Parks" <parksjm@potsdam.edu>
> To: <nyscollmath@mathforum.org>
> Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 7:56 PM
> Subject: Re: Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education

>> Bob,
>> Interesting, we have been wrestling with the "calculus problem" for
>> years,
>> but with no success.
>> Maybe this will be a mind changer?
>> JP

>>> Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in
>>> real
>>> life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He
>>> offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the
>>> digital age.
>>> got 3 minutes to spare? Watch...
>>> http://www.ted.com/talks/arthur_benjamin_s_formula_for_changing_math_education.html
>>> And feel free to share your thoughts about his proposition on this
>>> discussion forum.
>>> Bob Hazen
>>> AMTNYS Web Editor

>> Dr. James M. Parks
>> Prof. Emeritus of Math.
>> SUNY-Potsdam
>> Potsdam, NY 13676
>> http://www2.potsdam.edu/parksjm/parksjm.html
>> Check out the *NEW* online Puzzle source - MATH MINUTE:
>> http://www2.potsdam.edu/parksjm/MM1.1.htm


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