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reply to P.Larson
Posted:
Jun 7, 1997 4:29 PM


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, REFORMMINDED TEACHERS
2. AREN'T INTERESTED IN DATARICH RESEARCH.
"Let's agree that the results of this experiment with "reform" are not yet in, that it is appropriate for two camps existboth 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 PENCILANDPAPER 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



