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Topic: FYI: New California Standards
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Jerry Uhl

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FYI: New California Standards
Posted: Dec 15, 1997 5:31 AM
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Excepts from an article under the headline "In Math Standards, California
Stresses Skills Over Analysis" in Sunday's (Dec 14,1997) New York Times :

"The state's elected Superindendent of Public Instruction, Delaine Eastin
has joined a number of mahematicians in deriding the board's standards as
"dumbed -down' and unlikely to elicit higher order thinking. But others,
including those parents and politicians who have complained that
calculators were supplanting multiplication tables and long division....,
applauded the board's call for a return to fundamentals."

"Students will not be permitted the use of calculators on state tests. And
all school districts are advised to avoid introducing computers into math
classes before the sixth grade."

One board member said the board had succeeded in emphasizing basic skills
'without mandating experimental curricula and counterproductive learning

"The National Science Foundation .....threatened to sever its commitments
to districts 'that embark on a course that substitutes compuational
proficiencies for a commitment to deep, balanced mathematical learning.'"

Luther Williams, assistant director of NSF was quoted:" The wistful of
nostalgic back-to-basics approach that charcterizes the board standards
overlooks the fact that the approach has chronically and dismally failed."

Jerry Uhl
Professor of Mathematics 1409 West Green Street
University of Illinois Urbana,Illinois 61801
Calculus&Mathematica Development Team

Mathematics is my trip.
The computer is my transportation.

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