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[HM] history of good curricula (fwd)
Posted:
Sep 28, 2005 2:48 PM


Here are some questions sent my way (among others) by Roger Howe, of Yale University. I forward them, including his name and email address, to this list with his permission, since they concern the history of mathematics *education*, or propagation, more than of mathematics itself; thus someone with answers, thinking them inappropriate for the historia list, might still wish to contact Professor Howe directly.
 Forwarded message  Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 13:09:33 0400 From: howe@math.yale.edu Subject: history of good curricula
Here are some statements that people have made to me.
1. The good Asian curricula (except Japanese) are derived from the (Soviet) Russian curriculum.
2. The Russian curriculum was derived from the curriculum used in the elite high schools in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). The communists took it and promulgated to all schools.
3. The Russians got it from the Prussians.
4. Euler wrote an arithmetic text for Catherine the Great, for use in a military academy in St. Petersburg.
Let's assume that these are more or less true, but that statement 3 might need some clarification. So my question is: can we connect the dots here? Are the world's good math (or maybe just arithmetic) curricula all (more or less) descended from Euler? 
Ralph A. Raimi Tel. 585 275 4429 or (home) 585 244 9368 Dept. of Mathematics FAX 585 273 4655 University of Rochester Webpage <http://www.math.rochester.edu/u/rarm> Rochester, NY 146270138 (Webpage contains links to papers)



