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Re: teaching to the test
Posted: May 19, 1998 2:51 PM
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I teach to the exam (and do not apologize for doing so). In my experience,
it has been a great motivator for students to achieve more.... Further, it
has at least made me feel more accountable to my students, their families,
and my community. I will however continue to work towards the ideal of
learning for the sake of learning and mathematics for the sake of

Donald Danner
Provo High School

P.S. perhaps in a more perfect world, MATHEMATICA (as well as laptops or
handheld computers and curriculum materials) will be free and accessible to
all who want access to it.

Donald Danner
Provo High School
-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry Uhl <>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 1998 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: teaching to the test

>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

> 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
>Jerry Uhl
>Professor of Mathematics 1409 West Green Street
>University of Illinois Urbana,Illinois 61801
>Calculus&Mathematica Development Team
>Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
>------Albert Einstein

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