Date: Apr 2, 1995 11:38 PM
Author: Ronald A Ward
Subject: Follow-up Chapter 6 Everybody Counts
Based on responses and questions:

1. "Often, public discussion about mathematics education masks a HIDDEN

AGENDA of values that have traditionally been carried forward by the

school study of mathematics. Since the demise of Latin as a required

school subject, it is to mathematics that many look as a vehicle to teach

such qualities as precision, discipline, neatness, and accuracy.

Mathematical truth--in popular caricature--is certain, absolute,

unchanging, eternal. Mathematics appears to many to be a safe harbor of

calm in a turbulent sea of social and educational change.

"Proposals to change mathematics education appear to threaten

time-honored values that are deeply embedded in the public image of

mathematics." p 76

2. Five areas deserving greater emphasis are:

"Probability, which facilitates reasoning about uncertainty and

assessment of risks;

Exploratory data analysis and statistics, which facilitate

reasoning about data;

Model-building, which facilitates systematic, structured

understanding of complex situations;

Operations research, which facilitates planning of complex tasks

and achieving performance objectives;

Discrete mathematics, which facilitates understanding of most

applications of computers." p 83

Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225

ronaward@henson.cc.wwu.edu