>For instance, in the US there have been, since >the launch of the NCTM Standards in the 1980s >(National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, >1989, 2000), highly emotional debates between >opponents and advocates of the reform-based >approach to elementary school mathematics; >between traditionalists, who still believe that >the emphasis of math education should be on the >direct teaching of fixed, step-by-step procedures >for solving various types of math problems, and >reformers, who favor a more inquiry-based >approach in which pupils are exposed to >real-world problems that help them develop deep >conceptual understanding, number sense, reasoning >and problem-solving skills, and positive affects >towards mathematics. Only in 2008, the National >Mathematics Advisory Panel, created by president >George Bush himself, succeeded, at least to some >extent, in stopping that national war (United >States Department of Education, 2008).
So, what do you think, Wayne? Is it worth pointing out, again, that as a description of the Math Wars even the punctuation is wrong in Lieven Verschaffel's precis? Or, after more than 20 yrs, there is nothing left to discuss except how to jettison the Education Mafia out of the business of public education?