> You think that is something, you should see kids today. > > No algorithms and no word problems. > > Problem solved? >
That's a totally different argument.
I never said that today's phenomena are right. You deny that they grew out of other misguided practices because, you say, those other practices didn't exist. They did exist, and I was a witness to them. And the attitudes so many adults have toward mathematics are best explained by the thesis that those attitudes also bear witness to those practices---not by the suggestion that my experience was an outlier.
It's not possible to understand today's wrong notions without first understanding what those wrong things are a (misguided) reply to. Not to mention understanding that return to those older practices will not fix anything.
There is no "golden age of yesteryear" for us to return to; if there were, a great many more people fifty and older would show little or no fear/hatred of mathematics.
- --Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State University of Denver