On 13 Sept 2011, Alain Schremmer wrote: > > Agreed. > > BUT, while this might have been the original sin, it > sure hasn't been the only one. And, today, there > remains absolutely nothing whatsoever from the "new > math". So, it seems a bit pointless even to spend > any time mentioning it.
In my opinion, anyone involved in mathematics education should be aware of the devastating impact of the SMSG "new math," as institutionalized by the Houghton Mifflin series co-authored by Mary P. Dolciani. The abject failure of the "math reform" movement of the past 22 years is due, in part, to the ignorance or poor memory of the leading promoters--thus providing more supporting evidence for the following enduring observations:
From The Hartford Courant, "THOUGHT FOR TODAY," May 2, 1996, Page E6:
"What experience and history teach is this: that people and governments have never learned anything from history." Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel German philosopher (1770-1831)
From the alt.quotations Newsgroup, posted by Graham J Weeks:
"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it .... This is the condition of children and barbarians, in whom instinct has learned nothing from experience." George Santayana (1863-1952), Life of Reason, vol. 1, chap. 12, p. 284 (1905)
Also from alt.quotations posted by The Sanity Inspector:
"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." -- James Joyce, _Ulysses_