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Topic: Algebra: How Much is Enough?
Replies: 2   Last Post: Sep 21, 2004 11:26 AM

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William McCallum

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Registered: 12/8/04
Re: Algebra: How Much is Enough?
Posted: Sep 21, 2004 11:26 AM
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What Neil Stahl advocates makes perfect sense, and is in concord with
the calculus reform projects that I am familiar with. His summary of the
algebra required for calculus is incomplete, but as far as it goes it
describes perfectly the approach to algebra taken by the Harvard text,
for example. I really don't see that we have any big disagreements.

I am puzzled: what is the source of the mistaken belief that the
calculus reform movement has advocated not teaching algebra? This is
not a rhetorical question; I really would like to know. It would be bad
thing if this belief became widespread among high school algebra
teachers, for example; if that happened, Neil Stahl's fears could well
be realized.

Bill McCallum





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