
Re: A statement on what is wrong with standard calculus
Posted:
Feb 20, 1996 11:27 PM


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 sameovershoottrajectoryaim 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.

