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Re: Common Core State Standards (Draft)
Posted:
Sep 28, 2009 1:08 PM


> Here is the latest draft standards (Sep 21 2009)... > > http://www.corestandards.org/Files/MathStandardsSource > s.pdf > > I have to admit that these are actually resembling > real standards. They mention "calculator" only twice > in the beginning... > > "Mathematically proficient students consider the > available tools when solving a mathematical problem, > whether pencil and paper, ruler, protractor, graphing > calculator, spreadsheet, computer algebra system, > statistical package, or dynamic geometry software." >
Notice the ugly prejudice against using a real computer language, as if coding an algorithm in an executable math notation were the work of lowly engineers and CS professors, beneath our dignity etc. This has been the undoing of the math teaching profession. We should only let engineers teach math in the better high schools, as this kind of narrowmindedness has no place in a serious minded curriculum. Define "better high schools" as "those more likely to equip you with relevant, real world skills". We also teach permaculture, other gardening.
Kirby



