Date: Apr 11, 1995 12:49 AM
Author: Michael Keyton
Subject: Re.: 1 Year of Geometry

On Thu, 6 Apr 1995, Linda Dodge wrote:

>

> Do we really need a full year of geometry, anyway?

>

I ask somewhat facetiously the following: suppose we had three years of

geometry and one year of algebra in the curriculum, would not the

question "Do we really need a full year of algebra, anyway?" be appropriate.

Yes, we need a full year of geometry, but we need a full year of geometry

and not some year wasted without mathematics. We need more years of

investigations using thought and fewer years of learning meaningless

algorithmic processes that are more easily forgotten than learned. We

need years of having students learn to think through a probem, to

understand, and to develop rather than to mimic. Do we need a full year

of geometry? Yes, and more. Let's not bail out the students, let's not

make their lives easy, but rather let's get inside their heads and rumage

around, expunging the inert while getting them to begin generating fruitful

thoughts.

If I had a choice of having students study 3 years of geometry and only 1

of algebra as opposed to the present, I would have guessed heaven had

arrived on the wings of a TI-92.

Michael Keyton

St. Mark's School of Texas