Date: Mar 27, 2012 1:57 PM
Author: Louis Talman
Subject: Re: Discussion: Do US Math Teachers Suck?
On 3/26/12, Robert Hansen <bob@rsccore.com> wrote:

> Some of this stuff looks too absurd to be "planned". For example, that high

> school here in Florida with 600+ students in AP and less than 15

> (essentially zero) students passing. And that is just one high school at the

> top of a list of 94 such high schools. When I see absurdity such as this I

> am thinking "mindless",

The mindlessness here lies in accepting this particular datum as indicative of

a problem that needs to be addressed an any level other than the local level.

About 250,000 students took the AB Calculus exam last year.

<http://www.macalester.edu/~bressoud/talks/2011talks.html>

So many hundreds---if not a few thousands---of schools were involved. That

94 schools performed very badly is no surprise, incompetence being always

among us.

- --Louis A. Talman

Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Metropolitan State College of Denver

<http://rowdy.mscd.edu/%7Etalmanl>