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Re: Calculus Reform: reply to De'Liberto
Posted: Jun 29, 1997 11:02 AM
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Deanna M. De'Liberto long posting raised quite a few good points. It deserves
careful consideration. Without going into all her points I would offer this
one observation for your consdieration:

We -- mathematics teachers at all levels -- learned well and succeeded by
being taught by the lecture method. It's very efficient: the teacher
lectures, the student wants to learn what's being lectured about, he/she
studies and asks questions about what he/she doesn't know, the lecturer
answers the questions (by lecturing) etc. etc. Some people can learn this way
and we are them. We like to teach that way because we learned well that way.
It's difficult for us to consider (even as a point for discussion) that this
may not be the "best" way. But we are not everyone. The second sentence in
this paragraph contains a lot of assumptions which just do not apply to the
majority of high school students in math or many other areas.

Lin McMullin
Ballston Spa, NY

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