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david klein

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reply to P.Larson
Posted: Jun 7, 1997 4:29 PM
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Philip D Larson wrote THE TEXT IN BOLD. Others from this list are quoted
in lower case.

David Klein
Math Dept.
Calif. State Unversity, Northridge

ACCORDING TO SOME ON THIS LIST, REFORM-MINDED TEACHERS--

2. AREN'T INTERESTED IN DATA-RICH RESEARCH.

"Let's agree that the results of this experiment with "reform" are not
yet in, that it is appropriate for two camps exist--both basing comments on
conviction rather than research...I believe that it is too soon to make the
comparisons that I'm seeing here." Michael Shelly, Ed.D. June 1

3. MUST BE IN FAVOR OF "PC CRAPOLA".

"To me a bottom line calculus course is colored only in black
while a reform calculus course, well done, is in full color." Richard
Sisley May 30

4. THINK IT'S OK FOR STUDENTS TO JUST PUSH CALCULATOR BUTTONS.

"Theory is fine, but how much time do we need to spend on it? ... I want
my students to use math, not think about it." Bob Carlestroem June 7 message

"Answer: By having graphed a number of others like it on their
calculators. So even if they do not use the calculator on this test, they
have still used their calculators to answer the question by usinbg it to
gain the knowledge required to do the problem." Lin McMullin June 6

5. DON'T THINK PENCIL-AND-PAPER FACILITY WITH ALGEBRAIC SYMBOLS IS IMPORTANT.

"And as I've said before computer algebra systems in a very
few years will do ALL the mainpulation, but only for those who can tell the
CAS what manipulation is required for the probelm." Lin McMullin June 6
message

#2: "Richard Sisley even claims that such skills as factoring quadratic
polynomials over the integers need no longer be taught." ( David Klein )

"#2 is not a fiction. This I did maintain, and in spite of the reaction
to this opinion, I still do maintain." Richard Sisley May 27 message


AND THE LIST GOES ON.

IS THIS USEFUL RHETORIC?

PHIL LARSON
UPPER BUCKS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL








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