Unfortunately, your labeling of my "imply" is more than a little un-thoughtful, but, at least, you use 'imply.' My email had more to do with (1) my agreement with Hawkins as quoted below (which I assume you have refuted also) and (2) with people such as yourself who "imply" that children are less than capable because of their socioeconomic status.

Ed Wall

On Jan 17, 2013, at 11:55 AM, Richard Hake wrote:

> Some subscribers to Math-Learn might be interested in a recent post
> "Barriers to Better K-12 Math Education: Poverty and the Inadequate
> Undergraduate Education of Prospective K-12 Teachers" [Hake (2013)].
> The abstract reads:
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> ABSTRACT: In response to my post "Do We Learn All the Math We Need
> For Ordinary Life Before 5th Grade?" [Hake (2013)] at
> http://bit.ly/10sYmKl>, Ed Wallon Math-Learn at
> http://yhoo.it/W6fn5y> bemoaned the "dumbed down elementary school
> mathematics education curriculum." [Non-subscribers can access
> Wall's post by taking a minute to "Join this List" at the Math-Learn
> archives http://yhoo.it/fF6D9w>].
> I argue that the dumbing down of elementary school mathematics in the
> U.S. is not due to Math Education Researcher's preoccupation with the
> secondary years, as implied by Wall, but primarily because of "The
> Overriding Influence of Poverty on Children's Educational
> Achievement" [Hake (2011b)] at http://bit.ly/tUU65W>; and
> secondarily because U.S. Mathematics Education Researchers (MER's)
> have not devoted enough attention to the POSTsecondary years, as
> dramatized by an excerpt from a Galilean dialogue in "Re: Math
> Education Research" [Hake (2003)] at http://bit.ly/LKpg4G>.
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> To access the complete 16 kB post please click on http://bit.ly/V6azOZ>.
> Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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> ". . .I will look primarily at our traditions and practices of early
> schooling through the age of twelve or so. There is little to come
> after, whether of joys or miseries, that is not prefigured in these
> years."
> - David Hawkins in "The Roots of Literacy" p. 3.
> REFERENCES [URL shortened by http://bit.ly/ and accessed on 16 Jan 2013.]
> Hake, R.R. 2013. "Barriers to Better K-12 Math Education: Poverty and
> the Inadequate Undergraduate Education of Prospective K-12 Teachers,"
> online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at http://bit.ly/V6azOZ>. Post
> of 16 Jan 2013 15:40:33 -0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract
> and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several
> discussion lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at
> http://bit.ly/SPOkQ8> with a provision for comments.
> Hawkins, D. 2001. "The Roots of Literacy." University of Colorado
> Press. Amazon.com information at http://amzn.to/h3cbtf>.
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