The Math Forum

Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by NCTM or The Math Forum.

Math Forum » Discussions » Inactive » calc_reform

Notice: We are no longer accepting new posts, but the forums will continue to be readable.

Topic: A statement on what is wrong with standard calculus
Replies: 15   Last Post: Sep 21, 2004 11:26 AM

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List Jump to Tree View Jump to Tree View   Messages: [ Previous | Next ]
Richard W. Wilson

Posts: 1
Registered: 12/8/04
Re: A statement on what is wrong with standard calculus
Posted: Feb 20, 1996 11:27 PM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply

Jerry and all,

Are we so sure that filters and skills are all that bad? As a middle
aged eighth grade algebra teacher recently certified, I learned the value
both of the "filter" of abstract (modern) algebra and the algebra
manipulation skills that I still lacked even though I could get through
the calc series with "Bs" at U. Missouri St. Louis. I bumped up against
the filter of abstract algebra a couple of times before oozing through,
not so much because I can't handle the abstractions as because I lacked
sufficient symbol manipulation skills and experience to be able to see
the patterns that get you to proof/solutions. I don't think I'm a very
viable candidate for a Masters in Math. At least that is how I see it
now. College math reform seems to be a few years behind the wave of
school math reform, but could be taking the same-overshoot-trajectory-aim
as did it's little brother in regard to the value of symbol manipulation
and the filter of school algebra.

Reformingly Yours, Richard W. Wilson.

Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© The Math Forum at NCTM 1994-2018. All Rights Reserved.