> I bet if you walked into an algebra class today, the book > on the desk would not be the first thing to catch your eye. > In fact, I bet you become exhausted by all the things that > catch your eye first and you never even make it to the book.
This is one of the funniest comments I've seen in math-teach in a while. And just so I'm not misunderstood, it's funny because I can believe this is exactly what would happen to me. I was in a huge number of classrooms in 1988 (I substituted daily for several months in three neighboring mid-sized districts, one urban and two suburban), but I haven't seen much of high schools since then. Yes, I did teach high school for 3 years in the late 1990s, but it was extremely traditional, located in an old brick building with most teachers using blackboards and a few teachers using overhead projectors. However, despite my lack of recent experience in being in a high school classroom, I can easily imagine how different things are now, as even in 1988 I thought things were quite different from what I experienced in high school in 1973-77 (at a small rural school).