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Topic: Re: Harvard Calc and "feel good"
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Re: Harvard Calc and "feel good"
Posted: Jun 2, 1997 5:12 PM
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Dan Hart,

In a message dated 97-06-01 18:09:10 EDT, you write:

<< As an example of the absurdity of the lack of proof before implementation
of reform materials, I was told of this exchange (by several people) at a
HS math department chair meeting in LAUSD.

The District is very big on pushing "Integrated Math" on all the high
schools. When asked for data comparing different approaches and books, the
"experts" response? "I don't know." >>

Unfortunately, what I think we do "know" about traditional high school
mathematics programs is that they do not do a particularly good job of
preparing students for first year studies at college. In my state, the
largest university typically assigns about 40% of incoming freshmen to a
non-credit-earning mathematics class in order to bring their level of
understanding up to what the university deems as a "minimal level of

To use your analogy, if 40% of my patients were dying, I might try some other


Michael Shelly, Ed.D.
Mathematics Department Chair
Andover High School
Bloomfield Hills MI

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