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Topic: Re: To K-12 teachers here: Another enjoyable post from Dan Meyer
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Robert Hansen

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Re: To K-12 teachers here: Another enjoyable post from Dan Meyer
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 8:42 AM
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On Dec 17, 2013, at 7:47 AM, Richard Strausz <Richard.Strausz@farmington.k12.mi.us> wrote:

>>
>> On Dec 16, 2013, at 10:16 PM, Richard Strausz
>> <Richard.Strausz@farmington.k12.mi.us> wrote:
>>

>>> I am not stopped from giving students failing
>> grades, and I give them out when warranted. My job is
>> to teach the students who are given to me. That's
>> what I concentrate on.
>>
>> I am not holding you responsible for the reality that
>> many students do not succeed in higher mathematics
>> and fail, though I do not believe you fail every
>> student that has indeed failed, which is your
>> responsibility.
>>

> That's a nice belief.

Yeah, I thought about dropping ?which is your responsibility?. But it is someone?s responsibility. There are many schools where the responsibility is real and take seriously.

I have watched this turn into what it is now over a period of 35 years. I first became aware of the ?other? math class when I was a teacher?s aid for my high school calc teacher in the late 70?s. The students were a mess and you could only imagined the homes they came from (actually, I had the disadvantage of not having to imagine, I lived next to many of them). I?ll admit, what they did in that class 35 years ago is worse than what Dan tries to do in his. But these were not called ?algebra? classes, let alone the preposterous labels of precalc and honors like in these videos. And no one would in their right mind would compare them as such.

This is what I find so bizarre and wrong. The blatant deception.

Part of me thinks that so many of you are teaching higher math and failing, because your students aren?t even there yet, that you think this deception is the norm and that this is what math education should be defined around.

This deception is a relatively new norm. It started only 20 years ago and really exploded in the last 15.

Bob Hansen



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