Date: Feb 23, 2001 3:54 PM Author: Dianzhou Zhang Subject: Question 2 What role does "real life mathematics" have in the classroom?
Some would say that Chinese mathematics education is too pure. Others would
say that basic mathematics must be pure.
[Background] Chinese mathematics teaching emphasizes knowledge of
procedures and algorithms. Real life mathematics is important, but not at
the abstract level. Pure mathematics consists of algorithms. Developing
logical thinking is important too.