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Jerry Uhl

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Re: teaching to the test
Posted: May 19, 1998 12:42 PM
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In two lists I sunscribe to there is lots of excitement about the AP
calculus test, but little excitement about calculus itself. Are we in the
math business or the test business?

The famous French mathematician Henri Lebesgue addressed this point 70
years ago. He said:

"Unfortunately competitive examinations often encouage [an educational]
deception. The teachers must train their students to answer little
fragmentary questions quite well, and they give them model answers that are
often veritable masterpieces and that leave no room for criticism. To
achieve this, the teachers isolate each question from the whole of
mathematics and create for this question alone a perfect language without
bothering about its relationships to other questions. Mathematics is no
longer a monument but a heap."

-Jerry Uhl

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